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NFL Draft Prospect Preview - Andrew Coker

by J.T. Toth


Photo courtesy of TCU Athletics.


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Today’s Spotlight - TCU, Tackle, Andrew Coker


Name- Andrew Coker

Pos- Tackle

Team- TCU

HT/WT- 6’7” 315 lbs.

Born- n/a

Home – Katy, TX


Andrew Coker attended James E. Taylor High School in Texas where he was a three-star recruit and was rated as the no. 41 offensive tackle in the nation by 247Sports. He dominated throughout his 3 years starting on the offensive line and was named to the First-Team Tops in Texas by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football. During his recruiting, he received several offers, but he eventually committed to TCU over Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Texas.


In 2019, Coker only saw action in 3 games, preserving his redshirt season for the Horned Frogs. Coker started the first 8 games in 2020 at right tackle and was named Second-Team Academic All-Big 12 in 2021 where he started all 12 games at right tackle. With Coker at right tackle and Ebinna Eze at left tackle, TCU had one of the best offensive lines in the Big 12. 


In 2022, he made all 15 starts at right tackle, to put his consecutive starts streak at 27 for the Horned Frogs and was named to the Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 after his stellar season.In 2023, he started in 10 games and missed 2 contests due to injury.

 

Andrew Coker is 6’7” and plays with a mean streak. He makes sure he finishes blocks and at times, his nastiness leads to playing after the whistle. He moves athletically and is comfortable dropping into pass protection or firing out in the run game. Coker uses his length and strong hands to his advantage when attacking defenders, and if he connects squarely he is tough to disengage. When setting up in pass protection, he reads stunts and twists well and plays with excellent instincts. He can reach the second level in the running game and does an efficient job of hitting moving targets.


Speed rushers give Coker a lot of trouble. He struggles to keep his sturdy base and his footwork gets sloppy against them. His nastiness can get him in trouble at times and he can lose his focus on what is needed of him. He has strong hands, but his placement needs to be better and more consistent. While engaging with defenders, if he misses in his initial contact he tends to lose a lot of his power. He struggles with lateral movement and his footwork needs improvement in the transition out of his backpedal. He can play too upright when trying to reach the second level and thus loses a lot of his power and leverage.


Draft Nation thinks a strong pro comparison for Andrew Coker is Terence Steele. Steele was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys as a reliable right tackle in college. Coker will get drafted and he has the ceiling to become a starting right tackle in the NFL.


Strengths


  • Athletic

  • Nasty side

  • Smarts

  • Length


Weaknesses


  • Footwork

  • Upright

  • Speed rushers

  • Hand placement


Final Analysis


Andrew Coker is a reliable right tackle who won’t wow you with strength or speed. He is a player who adds nice depth to the right tackle position for a team and will go in the later rounds, but has the tools to become a starter one day.


Draft 412 Draft Projection -  Round 5 or Round 6

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