The praise for Atlanta's work at the 2015 Draft continues to roll in.
WalterFootball.com, one of the more reputable independent NFL publications, awarded Thomas Dimitroff and the Falcons a B for their seven selections, and has been especially impressed with their third round choice, Tevin Coleman.
A talented running back from Indiana University, Coleman, 22, racked up 2,036 yards and 15 touchdowns during his senior year — a year in which the Hoosiers' offense struggled considerably. When considering Coleman's skill, the other prospects on the board and every other variable, Walter Football's Charlie Campbell dubbed Coleman a "potential boom pick" and awarded the Falcons an A for tabbing him at 73rd overall.
"I love this pick," Campbell said. "First of all, Tevin Coleman should've gone earlier than this. He could have easily be chosen at the beginning of the previous round, so I think he's a steal at No. 73."
Coleman made a powerful first impression on his new team when he declared himself Atlanta's No. 1 running back during his first conversation with the Falcons media. The upcoming positional battle between he and Devonta Freeman, now entering his second professional season, should be fierce throughout training camp.
"Atlanta is a good landing spot for Coleman as teams will be more cognizant to line their safeties up deep to defend Matt Ryan and the Falcons' passing attack," said Campbell. "Against seven-man fronts, Coleman could do a lot of damage for Atlanta. I wouldn't be surprised if Coleman helps the Falcons re-establish a ground element like they had when Michael Turner was there to supply the ground offense."