[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image source="featured_image" img_size="large"][vc_column_text]Missouri has bolstered its already strong defensive line by adding FCS All-American DJ Coleman. Coleman is a 6'6", 250-pound linebacker/defensive end who led Jacksonville State in tackles for loss last season. He also led the team in sacks in 2020.
Coleman has a knack for being around the football; he has two 9 tackle games as a pass rusher and averages around 5 solo tackles a game. During his three seasons at Jacksonville State, he was named an All-American twice and had a career 17.5 sacks. Coleman has one year of eligibility remaining and will look to use It to prove that his production can be replicated against SEC-level talent. He will play into the Tigers' defensive line rotation right away but starting will not be easy as he will have to two challenge two proven Missouri Tigers in Trajan Jeffcoat and Isaiah McGuire.
Eli Drinkwitz has been quiet so far in the portal so adding what was ranked as the 7th best player in the transfer portal by The Athletic should help show other SEC programs and potential SEC recruits that he is serious about winning at Mizzou.
It is hard to project Coleman’s impact at the FBS level, I’d rate him as a low 4-star on an impact level. He will definitely get his opportunities to prove himself and I’d be extremely shocked if he didn’t make a noticeable difference in some way for the Tiger’s defense. However, he doesn’t come without risk so I can’t rate him any higher because there is the chance he cannot produce the same way in the SEC.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]