Getting To Know Our Rookies: Larnel Coleman

Larnel Coleman - Football - University of Massachusetts Athletics
No. 79 – Miami Dolphins
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born:June 22, 1998 (age 23)
Malden, Massachusetts
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:313 lb (142 kg)
Career information
High school:Saint Clement (Medford, Massachusetts)
NFL Draft:2021 / Round: 7 / Pick: 231
Career history
Miami Dolphins (2021–present)
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2021

NFL Profile

Player Bio

The three-time all-conference selection at St. Clement High School in the Boston metro area stayed in-state to play for UMass, redshirting his first year on campus. He earned one start at right tackle in 12 appearances in 2017, then started all 12 games at that position as a sophomore. Coleman shifted to the left tackle spot the following fall, starting all 12 games, and began each of the team’s four 2020 contests on the blindside. — by Chad Reuterhttps


Durable three-year starter with experience at both tackle positions. Coleman’s long arms have proven to be effective at slowing his opponent’s rush momentum and he’s savvy with his hands in his pass protection approach. His knee bend is average, which hinders his consistency protecting the edge in both the run and passing games. He’s athletic in space and should be able to compete in all run-blocking schemes. While his pass protection is average by NFL standards, he has talent to work with and offers swing tackle potential as a Day 3 draft pick.


  • Athletic feet in space to shuffle and find positioning.
  • Makes adjustments to land and sustain blocks against linebackers.
  • Feet don’t stop running through the block.
  • Brings his feet with him to stuff and redirect challenges on his edge.
  • Flashes his hands to keep rusher off-balance pre-punch.
  • Throws punch with conviction.
  • Adequate body control and hand strength to cinch up the block.
  • Clear eyes see incoming twists and games.


  • Too much arm wiggle and wasted motion post-snap.
  • Not much hip roll into first contact in run game.
  • Hand placement can get away from him as drive blocker.
  • Can do better at maintaining knee bend through all three phases of the block.
  • Pass sets are a little rigid and awkward.
  • Punch needs to be more concise and accurate.
  • Gets too far out over his skis in run and pass blocking.
  • Had some issues with bull rush against Liberty.

Sources Tell Us

“He’s one of those guys you kind of start to like and you fight for him in your draft meetings and then he’s starting for you in a couple of years.” — Offensive line coach for AFC team

TDS Take:

Coleman shows how serious Miami is in not only building a young quality Offensive Line but sustaining one as they have invested in Coleman with the hope that he develops over the next few years and provide quality minutes on the field when called upon.

All Late round picks have an uphill battle and Coleman most likely will be no exception as he will most likely endure being cut put on the practice squad and maybe being poached early in his career. Hopefully, he will survive and develop into quality depth for our Dolphins.

Welcome to Miami!

Larnel Coleman


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