Keke Coutee NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Houston Texans' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Texas Tech wide receiver Keke Coutee (20) dives over Iowa State defensive back Evrett Edwards while scoring on an 11-yard touchdown reception during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 66-10. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press

POSITIVES

—Explosive vertical threat who projects well in the slot.

—Has the speed to chew up yards and take the top off a defense.

—Experienced kick returner with a 92-yard touchdown on his resume.

—Does a great job finding zones and could be a dangerous threat on option routes in the pros.

—Handled a big role in an all-pass offense and never backed down from the spotlight.

     

NEGATIVES

—Short and small (5'9 ¾", 181 lbs) frame.

—Can get pushed around in his route tree and has to be protected by his alignment pre-snap.

—Ran in a scheme dominated by space and hasn't been asked to make plays in traffic.

—Small frame and timid style of play had one scout tell us he's soft.

—Teams are concerned about durability in the pros.

      

OVERALL

Keke Coutee is a fun prospect with the speed and stretch game to be an asset in an offense that needs a vertical player in a three- or four-receiver set. He does bring value as a kick returner, but a small frame and questions about toughness hurt his grade.

     

GRADE: 5.95 (Round 4)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks

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