Draft Ends With Datko, Coleman
Andrew Datko (US Presswire)
Andrew Datko (US Presswire)
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Posted Apr 28, 2012


Florida State offensive tackle Andrew Datko's first-round status was sabotaged by a lengthy injury history. Quarterback B.J. Coleman interviewed for the Packers at the Scouting Combine.

The Green Bay Packers wrapped up the NFL Draft on Saturday by using their seventh-round compensatory picks on Florida State's Andrew Datko and Tennessee-Chattanooga quarterback B.J. Coleman.

Coleman, who transferred from Tennessee in search of playing time, interviewed with the Packers at the Scouting Combine.

The 2011 season saw Coleman complete a career-best 60.9 percent of his passes (137-225) for 1,527 yards and nine touchdowns, as he was limited to just seven games. He started the first six contests, but vs. Georgia Southern, he suffered a severe right shoulder sprain on a late hit and sat out the next four contests. The staff feared he would miss the rest of the season, but he wanted to end his career on the playing field, returning to complete 26-of-39 throws for 232 yards and three scores vs. Wofford in the finale.

Coleman closed his career as just the fourth player in school history to throw for more than 6,000 yards (6,871), setting the team career record with 52 touchdowns. He threw for at least 200 yards in 21-of-29 contests, tied for sixth on the Southern Conference record chart. Among active players at the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision ranks, he placed sixth with 1,008 pass attempts, tenth with 579 pass completions, ninth in passing yardage and seventh in touchdown passes.

One of the bookends on the offensive line for Florida State at left tackle, Datko (6-6, 321) started 40 of the 41 games he played in for the Seminoles, but has missed considerable action the last two years due to injuries. Staying on the football field is a big concern, as the Weston, Florida native had left shoulder surgery as a junior in high school that scared off a few recruiters.

As a freshman at Florida State, he played through the later stages of that campaign with a left elbow sprain suffered vs. Boston College. After a relatively injury-free season in 2009, he sat out three games as a junior after he injured his surgically repaired left shoulder in the Oklahoma clash, but that same shoulder had given him problems throughout pre-season camp. He was also hobbled at midseason with a sore ankle.

2011 spring camp saw Datko still nursing one shoulder injury when he tore the labrum in the other during May workouts. He underwent surgery over the summer to repair problems with his shoulders. Despite the surgeries, Datko has been characterized as "questionable" for much of the early schedule this season and was held out of play in fall camp after it was obvious during warm-ups that he was limited.

The injuries failed to heal properly and after playing through pain for the first four games of his senior campaign, the coaches felt they had no choice but to shut him down for the rest of the season and he underwent surgery to repair the problem. "It's not good. He can't play. The surgeries didn't take," Fisher said at the time of Datko’s latest shoulder woe.

The lineman had been rated as a potential first round prospect entering the 2011 season, but even when the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine commenced in late February, 2012, the offensive tackle was still not cleared by doctors to participate in lifting drills.



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