CHICAGO —** In a back room at the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University, Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman couldn't help but smile wide as he waited to meet and greet members of the media.
And the newest member of the Browns had a message to deliver, too.
"They're trying to win," Coleman said, "and I'm trying to win."
After all, Coleman — whom Cleveland drafted with the 15th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft on Thursday night here — is accustomed to success.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound speedster won the 2015 Biletnikoff Award, was a two-time All-American and helped the Bears to 32 wins in three seasons.
Now, Coleman's hoping he can have the same kind of effect in Cleveland, which has spoken of a need to bolster a room of wide receivers in need of depth.
"I think I fit in really well with what they're trying to do," Coleman said, adding, "they're going to put me in situations to be successful."
The courting began after the combine, when Cleveland brought the Dallas native in for a visit. Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown outlined the decision to make Coleman the first receiver taken by the team in the first round since 2005.
"He really sort of lit up the building on his top-30 visit," Brown told reporters in Berea.
Coleman echoed a similar sentiment. "I went on a visit there. We talked. They loved me, but at that time it was kind of impossible," he said. "I think they were No. 2 or something like that. Something amazing had to happen. It's crazy because something amazing did happen."
But Coleman and the Browns aren't dwelling on how things came to be. There's work to be done as Cleveland continues its offseason workouts under Jackson, with rookie minicamp set to begin in early May.
"Corey's a guy that we're really confident will be productive in this league, can separate at an elite level," Brown said. "Once you get the ball in his hands, he can make tremendous plays."
And Coleman — who caught 74 passes for 1,363 yards and 20 touchdowns last season — thinks Jackson will put him in a position to be successful.
"He's a great coach. He's really smart and he understands the game of football and he definitely understands the player and how to do things. I respect him so much," he said.
Coleman added: "Hue Jackson is going to put me in a position to succeed, I really believe that. That's the type of coach he is. They wouldn't have drafted me (otherwise). He has a plan for me."
And Coleman's ready to put in the work.
"I'm going to come in and work my butt off and every time I step on the field," he said, "I'm going to give it my all 100 percent."
But on Thursday night, there was time to smile and reflect on the journey that was.