5 Teams for Washington RB Lavon Coleman in NFL Draft

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 18: Lavon Coleman
SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 18: Lavon Coleman /
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JACKSONVILLE, FL – NOVEMBER 30: Quarterback Brad Johnson
JACKSONVILLE, FL – NOVEMBER 30: Quarterback Brad Johnson /

II- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a team interested in upgrading their defense. But the surest way to help the defense is to stay on offense. That means a slow grinding offense, chaulk-full of just enough yards to keep moving the sticks. Lavon Coleman is the perfect running back for that. In fact, you may say that he specializes in ball control offense.

That’s because he is one of the most sure-handed runners in this draft class. He just doesn’t fumble.  So he becomes the go-to guy in the short-yardage or goal-to-go situations. With an amped up defense, Coleman is an ideal runner. Averaging better than 4.5 yards per carry on fresh rookie legs would be a huge plus for the Buccanneers.  They averaged just 3.7 yards per carry last season.

Help for Winston

But Coleman does more than carry the ball, and Tampa Bay will need all of Coleman to help their quarterback Jameis Winston. On one hand, he can stay in to block for Winston, who was sacked 33 times in 2017. Since Winston is a mobile QB, the team cannot rely upon offensive linemen to protect him.  He likes to run, putting up 33 rushes for 135 yards and a touchdown.

But Coleman can catch a pass as well.  He’s almost impossible to bring down with a head of steam, so he will be running a lot of wheel routes and quick turn-and-go routes out of the backfield. And because he stands at 5-foot-11, he is awfully hard to pick out of a crowd until it’s too late.  He can be very productive as a Buccanneer