Auburn WR Sammie Coates excited to be in Chicago for NFL Draft


There's a chance the Bears opt for one of Amari Cooper or Kevein White with the seventh overall pick in this week's NFL Draft. But if they don't Sammie Coates is a real option in the second round.

Coates spoke with on Monday at the Stars & Strikes Celebrity Bowling Classic at Lucky Strike Chicago, which brought awareness and funding for the Ronald McDonald House. The Auburn wide receiver, who caught 34 balls for 741 yards and four touchdowns last season, said he's ecstatic about his first trip to Chicago and knows he can provide something unique to the NFL team that selects him.

"I'm strong, I'm physical, I'm fast," he said. "And that's something, it's hard to find a big guy that's fast and strong and can go up and get it."

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Scouts have labeled Coates as big and raw, with plenty of room for improvement but a high ceiling, and he could be a nice project for offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who acted as the Broncos wide receivers coach in 2009 and 2010.

Check out more on Coates in our NFL Draft Profile of the Tigers' top wide receiver.