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Coleman, Corey

Card:  Sage 2016 (82/250)
Acquired:  2017, Box Breaker

I had the hots for Corey Coleman in the weeks running up to the 2016 NFL Draft. I thought he’d make a perfect fit for the Houston Texans- plus he was a Baylor kid. The Texans desperately needed a receiver, but Coleman flew up the draft boards so quickly the Browns went ahead and took him at #15 overall.  Considered a true playmaker, Coleman displays 4.37 speed and can really make things happen in small spaces.  He’s also a gifted return man. In both his Sophomore and Junior seasons Corey eclipsed 1100 yards receiving. In his Junior campaign specifically, Coleman posted 20 TDs receiving on 74 receptions and a monster 18.4 yards per reception.  Despite his proven stats and skills, Coleman is considered somewhat of a project at the pro level. The knock on him is that he doesn’t have a firm understanding of the wide receiver route tree.

Despite scouts concerns the Browns edged him into the lineup and Coleman had a decent rookie season for the team in 2016. He started 10 games and recorded 413 yards on 33 receptions, and 3 TDs.

Alexander, Dominique

leaf15_domalexanderCard: Leaf Draft 2016
Acquired: 2016, Box Breaker

After taking the Big 12 by storm in his Freshman season, Dominique Alexander held down the starting position at linebacker for the Sooners for 3 years before joining his brother Derrick  in the 2016 NFL draft.  Undersized, but plays with intensity, Alexander is wildly at home equally chasing the run or guarding against the pass. Scouts want to see Dominique bulk up some and improve on shedding blocks.

The 3rd ranked ILB in the 2016 draft, Alexander is expected to go early in either the 2nd or 3rd round. Surpisingly Dominique fell off the draft boards all together. He quickly found a home with the Cleveland Browns and made 7 total tackles and a fumble recovery in his rookie year.

LeBeau, Dick

Cards: TNT Signature Select, Topps 1971
Acquired: TTM 2017, C/o The Tennessee Titans
Sent: 1/19/17  Received: 1/27/17   (8 days)

To say that Dick LeBeau has a decorated football history would be an understatement. After playing both halfback and defensive back in college, LeBeau was moved to cornerback fulltime when he entered the NFL. Selected by the Cleveland Browns in 1959, LeBeau did not make the squad and was quickly snatched up by the Detroit Lions. The rest is history. The Lions already had an outstanding secondary. LeBeau was icing on the cake. He arguably became one of the best players in Detroit history (at least defensively) recording 62 interceptions for 762 yards and 3 TDs.  He earned 3 ProBowl trips from 1964-1966 and AP in 1964, 1965, and 1970.

Retiring from play after the 72 season, LeBeau immediately jumped into coaching, working as a special teams coach for the Eagles from 1973-1975.  From there he honed his skills as a positional coach with the defensive backs for the Packers (1976-1979) and Bengals (1980-1983). Dick was promoted to defensive coordinator for Cincinnati in 1984- a position he held until 1991.  In 1992 he joined the Steelers as a defensive backs coach, and in 1995 was elevated to defensive coordinator.  LeBeau returned to the Bengals in 1997 and was head coach for the franchise from 2000-2002.  After a brief stay on the Bills in 2003 LeBeau returned to the Steelers as their defensive coordinator from 2004-2014, and then off to the Tennessee Titans as their coordinator where he coaches to this day (2017).  LeBeau was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Pride of the Lions in 2010.

Dick LeBeau is one of the most reliable high profile TTM signers in the hobby today. I think I had taken it for granted for a long time, but I finally decided to take a shot at him in 2017. Part of the reason for my delay was the lack of decent cards of him. Frankly most of the cards that were on the market were quite bad looking, or were just plain expensive. LeBeau’s turnaround was quite quick signing this old beat up Topps card and my custom in about a week flat.

G/GS  N/a    Tac N/a         Sac N/a          Fum N/a
Int   62       Yds   762          Avg  12.2      TD  3     Lg   70t