Josiah Coatney, DT
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Josiah Coatney being invited to participate in the 2020 NFL Combine was no surprise for Ole Miss football fans. Coatney was tough as nails on the defensive line and was prolific as both a pass rusher and run-stopper for the Rebels. Coatney started 35 games while in Oxford and logged amazing numbers finishing out his Rebels career with 174 total tackles, 70 of which were solo tackles. Coatney also had 15.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, 1 pass deflection, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery.
Coatney checked into the combine at 6’3″ and 308 lbs which was 17 lbs lighter than the 325 lbs Ole Miss fans watched him play at. Coatney managed an official Combine grade of 5.54 with an unofficial but very fast 5.21 time in the 40-yard dash, 4.82 20-yard shuttle and 8.07 3-cone drill. Coatney also logged in a 27.0″ vertical jump as well as a 99.0″ broad jump.
NFL.com has Coatney projected as a late roster addition or a possible practice squad player. Of course, OHT begs to differ based on the potential he shows as a hard-nosed pass rusher and is very solid against the run. Take a look at his performance in the 2020 Reese’s Senior Bowl and you can see for yourself he has the skills to be a threat in the NFL. Coatney played well enough for the NFL scouts to want to see him in Indy and OHT believes some NFL team will try to get a great defensive tackle for a bargain.
OHT Draft Projection: Middle/Late 5th Round