Atlanta drafts Tevin Coleman in third round #iufb

It was Tevin Coleman’s dream to be a first-round pick, to be the first running back taken in this weekend’s NFL Draft.

Instead, he fell further than anyone thought.

The former Indiana running back slid to the third round Friday, going to the Atlanta Falcons with the No. 73 overall pick.

Coleman watched four running backs, including two from his own conference, selected ahead of him before going early in the third round. The Falcons were one of five teams Coleman visited.

“Me and Tevin talked about this years ago,” IU running backs coach Deland McCullough said at Coleman’s Pro Day on April 15. “Me and his dad and his mom talking about what opportunities could be there if he comes in and does the things he should do. He put confidence in me, our system.”

The consensus All-American finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting after rushing for Indiana single-season records of 2,036 yards, 7.5 yards per rush and four 200-yard games. One of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, Coleman did it all while spending half a season running on a broken toe. He finished second nationally in rushing yards, rushing yards per game (169.7), all-purpose yards per game (181.4) and yards from scrimmage per game (181.4).

Coleman’s selection comes one year after receiver Cody Latimer was taken in the second round by the Denver Broncos with the No. 56 overall pick. Offensive lineman Rodger Saffold went No. 33 overall to the St. Louis Rams in the second round of the 2010 draft.​

Indiana has not had a player taken in the first round since 1994, when receiver Thomas Lewis went to the New York Giants with the No. 24 overall pick. No Big Ten team has a longer current drought between first-round picks.

Perhaps due to durability and value concerns, NFL teams shied away from taking a running back in the first round in each of the last two drafts before St. Louis picked Georgia’s Todd Gurley with the No. 10 overall pick on Thursday. San Diego later traded up two picks to get Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon at No. 15. On Friday, Coleman wasn’t even the first running back taken. Jacksonville selected Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon with the No. 36 overall pick and Detroit took Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah with the No. 54 overall pick.

After Dallas, another one of the teams Coleman visited, selected Nebraska linebacker Randy Gregory with the No. 60 overall pick, Coleman posted a series of tweets to his Twitter account.

“It’s in Gods hands,” Coleman wrote. “No words to be said, just watch me on the field.”

Aside from the Cowboys and Falcons, Coleman visited Baltimore, Carolina and Detroit.

The NFL will stage rounds four through seven of the draft beginning Saturday at noon. Indiana defensive lineman Bobby Richardson is also expected to be drafted at some point during the middle rounds. Receiver Shane Wynn and center Collin Rahrig are also possible late-round picks.


  1. He is a great running back and I wish him the best of success in the NFL. I believe he will surprise a lot of teams and make them wish they had drafted him while they had the chance.

  2. That is still not a bad place to go. The 3rd round and 73rd overall pick. Congrats to Tevin and his family. He was fun to watch and will continue to watch in the NFL. Great job IU football and Coach Wilson. Keep making strides and thus will be a regular happening. Go Hoosiers!

  3. This an ideal combination. The Dirty Birds with a new HC and staff who will install a offense with a zone blocking running game and TC who has played in that scheme for 3 years is his red meat. His pass blocking skills and blitz pick up along with an available play action pass game adds to his potential value. Get him in space for the show to begin. The Falcons did well.

  4. It’s a double edged sword. Atlanta is a lousy sports town as far as fan support. They just don’t care. The Braves couldn’t give away tickets when they were winning the division every year. I used to go there and I could always walk up to the window and buy a ticket on a Saturday.

    The flip side is, they always seem to like the new flavor of the month down there and, if things don’t go as hoped, they really don’t care.

    If the focus is on you and your job that’s not always a bad thing. They are as unlikely to be critical as they are to be supportive.

  5. They also pump in fake crowd noise, too. I’m puzzled by Atlanta city officials about the planned demolition of Turner Stadium when nothing is wrong with it. It’s a beautiful stadium. What a waste of money and labor.

  6. I have to laugh at the hypocrisy displayed in the NFL Draft. NFL executives, GMs, coaches and their media puppets talk about the importance of character, but many teams draft strictly on athletic ability and potential to perform on the field, with no significant value placed on character, maturity, or a players past bad behavior. We witnessed that with Tampa Bay’s first pick and throughout the first four rounds of the draft. Character is the “women” you want to marry and raise children with, but talent is the babe that stirs an NFL GM’s lust. Winston picked #1! If he had not gone to school in Tallahassee, he’d probably be in prison or on probation right now. We know he’s a liar (crab legs), and he’s either a nut case or simply a huge jerk, but he’s clearly not a “high character guy.” Randy Gregory picked ahead of Coleman? Gregory is a time bomb and a tragic headline waiting to happen. Hey, we all understand that no one is perfect. And most of us believe that everyone deserves second chances. I’m not saying these young men should not be drafted because of the mistakes of their youth, I just wish the NFL would stop preaching the value of character when in fact, it means little to them compared to a player’s 40 time and other physical attributes. If character really mattered as much as the NFL hypocrites say it does, Coleman would have been drafted no later than the second round. And I love the way the media puppets describe, in dismissive terms, some of these player’s criminal behavior. “He was arrested on a charge of domestic violence, but charges were later dropped.” Translation: he beat up his girlfriend and his agent paid her tens of thousands of dollars not to testify against him at trial, therefore the DA had to drop the charges. How about a guy the gets arrested for possession a few days before the draft? Or the guy that test positive at the NFL combine. Character? How about judgement and simple common sense?

    Coleman is a good man. He deserved to go higher in the draft.

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