Corey Coleman Trade: No Risk-High Reward Deal for Bills

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News broke of the Corey Coleman to the Buffalo Bills trade Sunday night. The Cleveland Browns traded away the former first-round pick from 2016 to the Bills for an undisclosed draft pick. It was tweeted by ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the pick the Browns will receive is a 2020 seventh round draft pick.

Schefter was also the first one to report the trade when it occurred. With the Bills sending a future low draft pick to the Browns, the Bills have acquired a receiver who has faced injuries the last two seasons but has a high ceiling when healthy. Coleman joins a receiving core that has Kelvin Benjamin, also a former first-round pick in 2014. Coleman has an upside that could very well secure the number two option on the outside.

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With this trade being finalized, the Bills send a draft pick that most likely will not pan out for the Browns. With the overload of receivers on the Browns, it was a matter of time before one of them was either traded or released. Coleman was just simply dumped by the Browns, but he will get a second chance with the Bills, a receiver-needy team.

The only the risk the Bills will have Coleman for atleast the next two seasons is any type of injury to Coleman. Coleman has been injury prone since entering league, including breaking his hand twice in a year. This could be potential bad news for the Bills seeing as how they have been hit with the injury bug in recent years.

If he is healthy and avoids injury, the Bills will have a fast receiver who can stretch the field and outrun defenders. Coleman was a stud receiver at Baylor University, but has not been able to breakout in the NFL, just yet. If he were to play with the Browns this season, he would not be the teams’ number one or even number two option. Heck, you can argue that he would not see the field half of the time.

With the Bills, he can prove himself to be a number two receiver and serve as a speedy player and could be even the teams’ go-to guy at certain points in the season.

 

Brandon Ray is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the Buffalo Bills. Make sure to follow Brandon on Twitter at @brandon_ray79 and @FPC_Bills for Bills coverage. 

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