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Falcons 2015 draft: Implications of the Tevin Coleman pick

Atlanta strengthens the backfield with the addition of Tevin Coleman.

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After going defense with the first two picks, the Falcons went to the offensive side of the ball in the third round, selecting running back Tevin Coleman out of Indiana.

Coleman has great top end speed, as evident by his 4.4 and 4.39 40 times. Last season at Indiana, he piled up 2,036 yards on 270 carries — a whopping 7.5 yards per carry average. That's reflective of his speed.

It's no secret new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan wants to run the ball, and the implementation of the zone blocking scheme along with the addition of Coleman should give Atlanta a respectable running game.

Coleman isn't perfect and could benefit from being more patient, but he should be atop the Falcons' depth chart. Devonta Freeman will still get his share of carries, and Antone Smith's breakaway speed will allow him some involvement in the offense. But this is clearly Coleman's backfield for 2015, and likely beyond.