(percentile rank among all WRs at the Combine since 1999, courtesy of mockdraftable.com):
40-yard dash: 4.43 seconds (77th)
Vertical: 34.5” (39th)
Broad: 113” (9th)
3-cone: 6.93 seconds (49th)
20-yard shuttle: 4.15 seconds (67th)
Coutee is the latest Texas Tech WR to head into the NFL with big college production. Ascending to the top of the depth chart last year, Coutee broke out with a big 93-1,429-10 line. Those marks ranked 6th, 4th and 16th in the country.
Coutee turned in 5 outings of 160+ yards and hit pay dirt in 8 of 13 games. He averaged a big 15.4 yards per catch, fueled by 8 grabs of 40+ yards. And he was efficient, ranking 10th in yards per route run among all draft-eligible receivers, according to Pro Football Focus.
Of course, he played for a pass-heavy Texas Tech offense that ranked 5th in attempts, 4th in completions, 8th in yards and 10th in TDs. Coutee still posted nice market share numbers, though: 26.3% of the receptions, 32.9% of the receiving yards and 28.6% of the TDs. Among the 16 WRs we’ve looked at so far, those marks rank 6th, 6th and 12th.
Coutee also sits 2nd in Texas Tech’s record books for single-season receiving yards and 7th for single-season receptions. So don’t discount his big 2017 as simply a product of the system.
That followed a promising 2016 sophomore season that saw Coutee finish 2nd on the squad in receiving yards and 4th in catches and TDs. He didn’t do much as a true freshman but did play in all 13 games and make 2 starts.
It’s also worth noting that Coutee flashed on special teams. He returned just 16 kickoffs across 3 seasons but averaged 25.8 yards and scored once.
Games watched - Kansas (2016), Baylor (2016), Houston
Two things immediately stand out on Coutee’s tape: he’s small and he’s fast.
Not only does Coutee go just 5’10 and 181 pounds. He also checks in sub-5th percentile in arm length, wingspan and hand size. He’s small in every sense of the word.
But that matters less when you’re the fastest player on the field. And Coutee usually was at Texas Tech.
He’s more than just a fast dude, though. There’s some nuance to Coutee’s game.
He tracks the deep ball well.
He’s fluid and fast in his routes. Watch him set up his defender to the outside here before cutting hard across his face:
That same play shows Coutee’s ability to contort and come down with an off-target throw.
After the catch, Coutee combines that elite speed with good change-of-direction to make defenders miss.
Coutee was an impressive college producer — even factoring in the extremely pass-happy offense he played in. And he has speed that will definitely translate to the next level.
The bugaboo, of course, is his diminutive frame. But it’s not a death knell. Just over the past 10 seasons, there have been 24 seasons of 1,000+ yards by a WR 5’10 or shorter and 185 pounds or lighter. Here are the players on that list with multiple qualifying seasons:
Antonio Brown (6)
DeSean Jackson (5)
T.Y. Hilton (4)
Steve Smith (4)
Santana Moss (2)
Comparing anyone to Brown is super optimistic. And Coutee doesn’t play the same style of game. Ditto for Steve Smith.
But Jackson, Hilton and Moss all look like viable comparables. Here’s how Coutee stacks up against those 3 in terms of size, speed and final-season market shares:
All 3 of Jackson, Hilton and Moss have multiple WR1 PPR seasons on their resumes. Expecting that from Coutee is obviously optimistic, but it’s nice to know that his size doesn’t preclude him from that type of upside.
It’ll be important for Coutee to land with a creative offensive mind who understands how to use a small-but-explosive playmaker of his ilk. Let’s re-evaluate his dynasty value after we find out his landing spot.