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2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jalen Coker, WR, Holy Cross

Jalen Coker has been a very prolific receiver for Holy Cross, exhibiting good route running ability and above-average hands.  Hula Bowl scout Brinson Bagley breaks down Coker as an NFL Prospect in his report.

Player Data

Name, Jersey #Jalen Coker, #80
School (Code)Holy Cross (MAHC)
Class YrSr/2024
Height, Weight6015/207
40 Yd Dash4.54 est.
Position/DepthWR Slot/X
HonorsAll New EnglandAll-Patriot League First TeamHERO Sports Sophomore All-AmericaAll-Patriot League Second TeamPhil Steele’s All-Patriot League Second TeamPhil Steele’s All-Patriot League Third Team
Season Viewed (yr)2022, 2023
Games WatchedHoly Cross @ Bucknell 10/07/2023Harvard @ Holy Cross 09/30/2023Holy Cross @ Harvard 10/01/2022
Scout Name / DateBrinson Bagley, 10-16-2023

Per Year Stats (Most Recent First)

2023 (5 Games)Rec. 35, Yds. 642, Avg. 18.3, TD 9, Lng 74
2022Rec. 50, Yds. 914, Avg. 18.3, TD 11, Lng 62
2021Rec. 50, Yds. 663, Avg. 13.3, TD 4, Lng 42
2020Rec. 4, Yds. 72, Avg. 18, TD 1, Lng 34

Player Summary:

Sr. Jalen boasts a thin, cut frame with good measurables. He lines up across the formation from tight to slot, to outside position and runs a full variation of routes. His stance is usually a forward lean that allows his quick feet to provide an immediate cushion for the stem. He has underestimated agility and cut ability, which he combines with good FBI and quick turns to identify and sit in zone uncovers. His solid stem and route running skills often aid in stacking slower DBs and breaking on intermediate routes, generating some initial space, and sufficient deep speed. He also depends on his initial movement at the snap and feet to blow past or cut in front of corners in tight coverage, while using these features to execute his route in off coverage quickly. He possesses skillful hands and will maintain possession after taking big hits. He is also a good ball tracker that plays with high concentration, bringing down contested balls, and watching the ball into his hands. His impressive contact balance has assisted him in maintaining route structure, even through forceful jersey grabs, maintaining route integrity. A competitive player, he looks to gain yards after contact and drags solo tacklers an extra yard or so. He does settle for positioning and rather than overtaking the defender for the best real estate, will look to attempt the completion behind him. With adequate play speed, his separation abilities are limited. In crossers as well as short passes, he struggles to generate explosive plays when defenders are in front of him. While he does fall forward, he struggles to generate much push against this level of competition. He is a sufficient blocker whose results show not based on physicality, but athleticism over his opponent depending heavily on extended arms, positioning, driving corners, or distracted safeties with his adequate functional strength. 

Scheme Fit:

Slot in West Coast or Spread schemes, X in Run Heavy Offenses

Power Statement:

Jalen has talent, mental acuity, and toughness fit for receivers at the next level. He has the frame and the skills that allow him to rise on depth charts at the next level.

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