Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
Who is the 5-foot-11-180 pound, Keke Coutee?
Coutee is a versatile player that can actually line up at both the receiver or corner position. He’s probably a better fit at receiver because of his “jack of all trade” talent on the gridiron. He can be lined up wherever he’s needed because of his blazing 4.38 40 speed. A bit undersized, but the display’s great play from the slot position. Coutee is very effective whether it’s a screen, vertically stretching the field, or on short or deep crossing routes. During his junior campaign, he grabbed 93 receptions for 1,424 yards and 10 touchdowns. Ranked fifth in the nation in receptions and second in receiving yards, is convincing enough for scouts to evaluate him seriously. Coutee had the luxury of catching passes from former Red Raider’s quarterback and the current Kansas City Chief’s 2017 NFL Draft selection, Patrick Mahomes II and is also responsible for putting his current teammate Nick Shimonek on the radar. Coutee had double digits in touchdowns that were over 30 yards, and the longest in his career was an 80-yard reception. He also excels well in the return game as well, taking one back for a touchdown. Hauled in 159 receptions for 2,424 yards, 15.2 reception yard average and 17 touchdowns throughout is a collegiate career.
Keke Coutee Highlights
Possess extreme explosiveness. A sure-handed receiver and a reliable target. Very shifty and maneuver's well in space. Has the ability to take the roof off any defense despite what’s the coverage. Dangerous receiver with the capability to take a five-yard reception off to the races, turning into an 80-yard touchdown. Versatile player that plays on both sides of the ball as a receiver or corner. Ability to return kicks and play special teams.
Despite a sure-handed receiver, has a bad habit catching the ball against his body frame. At the next level, defensive backs will expose this trait and jump his routes. Need to polish his route running as he tends to tip off his route. Usually rounds off his pattern on out routes. A bit high in his route patterns. Needs to secure the ball better in traffic, will be a red light for turnovers at the next level. A little undersized but makes it up with his speed. May need to add more strength to the next level.
How can he help the Rams
It is expected that the Rams will part ways with Tavon Austin this offseason, Coutee can be that dynamic replacement at receiver for Austin. Ability to return kicks and punts has the speed and talent that is a marquee for Sean McVay’s offense, to be a dynamic slot receiver. Not confirmed whether he’s received an invite to the 2018 NFL Combine, but his stock can rise significantly at the 2018 NFL Draft or if he has a great workout at Texas Tech’s Pro Day.
4-6 (Combine or pro-day can change)
Antonio Brown, Pittsburg Steelers
Note: Rams Tavon Austin restructured contract to return on a one-year deal. Prior to NFL Combine, we initially had Coutee rated as a second to third round selection. However, I stock has slipped slightly projecting him as a Day Three receiver.