Friday, February 25, 2011

HBCU NFL Draft Prospect: Edawn Coughman, OL, Shaw University

Edawn Coughman at 6'4'' 305 lbs anchored a Shaw offensive line that led the CIAA football conference in scoring offense (42.1 points per game) and total offense (387.4 yards a game). Coughman is a solid pass protecting offensive lineman with a nice degree of upside potential. Moves well on his feet, displays solid footwork sliding out to protect the edge and blocks with good fundamentals. Fights with his hands throughout the action, makes effective use of body positioning and seals defenders from the action. He's a versatile lineman spending time between guard, right and left tackle in his career. Coughman battled a right ankle injury during his senior season but did not miss a game showing his toughness. During the HBCU Bowl All-Star week, Coughman impressed NFL scouts with his quick feet, arm strength and overall pass protection ability. He also tested fairly well at the HBCU Bowl Combine with 24 bench press reps, low 5.2 forty times and a 4.91 20 yard shuttle time. Coughman is not a natural knee bender especially on running plays and struggles to adjust at times which limits him to confined quarters. He also needs to consistently show more explosion and power at the point of attack. Coughman fits best in a run zone blocking scheme where he can reach, get out on the perimeter and cut block. He is currently being tutored at WPI by former NFL Denver Broncos offensive lineman and two time super bowl champion Tony Jones. Coughman was mostly a tackle in college but he will be asked to kick inside at guard for the next level. He has the skill set to be a good rotation lineman at the next level but he is a prospect that will need sometime to develop on the practice squad.