Tuesday, January 13, 2009

OSU Football: Coleman needs to stay put

A few days after Ohio State tailback Chris "Beanie" Wells announced that he was entering the 2009 NFL Draft, there are reports surfacing that he may not be the only OSU underclassman throwing his name into the ring.

Buckeyes junior safety, Kurt Coleman, is seriously thinking about joining Wells in this season's draft.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Doug Lesmerises — who spoke with Coleman's father, Ron Coleman, on Monday — the Buckeyes safety has been weighing his options and had discussed the possibility of making the leap with his dad for about three hours on Sunday night.

I'm sure Coleman is a bit upset about his team dropping their third straight BCS bowl game, but to even think about making the jump to the pros, if you ask me, is a bit premature.

For one, safeties usually don't get drafted early. In the last six drafts, only seven safeties have been selected in the first round. Basically, only one safety gets selected in the first round per year.

As of right now, only USC's Taylor Mays projects as a first round pick at the safety position. And, when you take into account that Coleman would more than likely fall behind Missouri's William Moore, Oklahoma's Nic Harris and possibly Oregon's Patrick Chung, you're talking about perhaps sliding to the second day of the draft.

Also, Coleman is a relatively unknown player to the rest of the college football world, being stuck on the same team as major NFL prospects' Malcolm Jenkins, James Laurinaitis and Wells. Should he come back, Coleman would have the nation's full attention, as well as the scouts. And that should equal to many more zeros on his bank account statement.

Hopefully, Coleman realizes this and chooses to return to Columbus to be the Buckeyes' unquestioned leader in the secondary, not a fifth round choice, buried on the depth chart.