With the 87th pick in the 2015 draft, the Steelers select- Sammie Coates. Coates is 6′,1″, 212 lbs. He’s a physical specimen who averaged 21.4 yards per catch in college, and finished his career with 1,757 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was hampered by injury for much of his 2014 junior season.
Coates is raw and has to work on his concentration and drops, but with time, he could be a true vertical threat. “He can take the top off the coverage,” Steelers wide receivers coach Richard Mann said. “He’s a guy that can track down the ball down the field real well. He has some problems with straight-ahead catching the football, but that’s why we drill. And when we get a chance to coach him up, we feel like we can make that better.
“The thing you can’t coach up is his athleticism.”