December 9, 2023

Expert Opinion: Keke Coutee’s Profile

Keke Coutee was highly coveted early on in his high school career – originally committing to Texas before signing with Texas Tech after Mack Brown retired. Coutee decided to forego his senior season and enter the draft after finishing his career with 159 receptions, over 2,400 yards, and 17 TDs. His best season was his last, racking up 1,400+ yards and 10 TDs. Coutee is an agile slot receiver that has blow-by speed.

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Coutee has a thin frame at 5’9″, 180 lbs. but maximizes his production in open space with speed. Impressive burst off the line and ran majority of routes within 10-yards of the LOS – jet sweeps, digs, bubble screens, and underneath routes. Style of play and skillset reminiscent of Kansas City Chiefs’ versatile slot receiver – Tyreek Hill.

Regularly beats slot defenders and safeties on seam routes and fades with blazing speed. However, lacks comprehensive route tree knowledge and isn’t the most technical route runner. Excels in open space, a slippery runner that evades tackles but avoids contact frequently. Tracks the ball well over his shoulder and adjusts well to poorly thrown balls. Fights through hand combat but struggles on comeback routes allowing defenders to attack catch point. Biggest knock is lack of concentration and dropped passes. Seems to let negative play affect him and can snowball.

More often than not, Coutee makes impact plays and is a perfect fit in a west coast offense out of the slot. Needs to develop a more aggressive physical nature and strength to fight over the middle of the field. Additionally, will have to get stronger to work through press coverage at LOS.

Coutee is going to be a steal for a team in the 3rd-4th round who knows how to optimize his skill-set while developing his route-running skills. Love his film and potential, has a knack for making big-time plays. Comparisons include mix of Tyreek Hill and Desean Jackson. Predicting he will be a solid playmaker for years to come after some refinement.

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