KEKE COUTEE | WR | TEXAS TECH
Height: 5096 | Weight: 181 | Arm: 29 7/8" | Hand: 8 3/8" | 40YD: 4.43 | Bench: 14 | 3Cone: 6.93 | Broad: 113" | Vertical: 34.5"
Keke Coutee is a third-year Junior who became the focal point of Kliff Kingsbury's Air Raid offense as a Slot receiver following Jonathan Giles' transfer to LSU. As solid as Coutee's sophomore year production was, all he did was double it in 2017, compiling an eye-popping 93 catches for 1,429 yards (15.2 avg) and 10 TDs. Coutee also added value in special teams, returning 10 kicks for a 31.5 yard average and 1 TD. Coutee's production and ability to stand out in a WR trio that also featured draftable prospects Dylan Cantrell and Cameron Batson adds to Coutee's intrigue.
Coutee compensates for his slim/slender build with outstanding foot speed with a second gear to run away from defenders in the open field. Both quick and fast, Coutee is a water bug who always has his feet in sync with his head and torso, looking effortless in the execution of his route tree. Coutee is also stronger than his body type would suggest, putting up 14 reps on the bench in Indy.
Coutee is an incendiary route runner who routinely toasts Nickel CBs with speed and acceleration from the Slot. Coutee is smooth off the snap and wins with short area burst and is a threat to take it the distance quick-hitting routes. Coutee is money at Slot Fade routes and does an outstanding job of tracking the football over his shoulder and manipulating his stride to catch the football with his feet moving. Coutee has terrific body control and can contort his upper body and consolidate his footwork along the sideline to pick up extra yards and work back towards the pylon in scoring situations. Coutee lacks urgency in coming back to the football on Slants and Comebacks and allows defenders to get between him and ball too often. Coutee shows very good ability to adjust his body to balls thrown behind him and demonstrates good leaping ability and kinesthetic sense. Coutee suffers from concentration drops and has difficulty getting mentally re-engaged if he drops a pass early in the game, causing an avalanche (3 drops against WVU).
Coutee is an intense competitor whose biggest goal before the 2017 season was to break Michael Crabtree's school TD record of 22, which he ended only 5 TDs short of. Coutee compares in body type and play style to John Brown and is best suited in a Vertical offense that employs heavy Spread/West Coast concepts. Coutee’s scorching speed, route running prowess, and separation ability projects him to be a valuable role player at the next level. Coutee's inconsistent concentration and issues of putting on/keeping up weight are the Coutee's primary issues, although durability would be an unfair concern considering Coutee has not missed a game due to injury despite his heavy target volume.
Overall Grade: 76
Athletic Ability: 6
Play Strength: 4
Play Speed: 6
Competitive Toughness: 6
In-Traffic/Contested Catches: 2
Spectacular Catch: 4
Route Precision: 5
Route Variety: 4
Red Zone Threat: 3
Run Blocking: 2
Run After Catch: 5
Explosiveness/Return Ability: 5
Player Comparison: John Brown
Projected Round: Round 4/5
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