After the Birmingham Bowl against the USF Bulls, Texas Tech’s Keke Coutee will decide whether he should turn pro or return to school. After Jonathan Giles transferred to LSU, Coutee became the focal point of one of the nation’s pass-happiest teams.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound, junior WR rose to the occasion and built upon his breakout sophomore campaign. Coutee started the 2017 season on the Biletnikoff Award watch list, so let’s take a in-depth dive and learn more about his NFL prospects.
2016 Breakout Season
Coutee was a three-star prospect who committed to Texas Tech over Oklahoma, Louisville, and Houston. He was one of the three true freshmen WRs to see action and managed an 11/105/0 line.
As a sophomore, with Patrick Mahomes under center, Coutee put together a breakout season. He played in all 12 games and posted a 55/890/7 receiving line. Coutee’s most impressive performance as a sophomore was a 10-catch, 172-yard, 1-TD game against a 16th-ranked Oklahoma team.
With Giles out of the picture, Coutee led the Red Raiders WR corps with 1,242 receiving yards. His raw 2017 production numbers were strong enough to propel him into the top-10 WRs in the nation. Additionally, Coutee placed as a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff award.
In addition to his receiving work, Coutee was used on special teams, where he returned eight kickoffs for 253 yards and a score. Although Coutee saw limited action on special teams, it bodes well for his NFL prospects.
Aside from a few lackluster games, Coutee’s production has been terrific.
While his raw numbers saw an obvious jump, his market share numbers exploded to a draftable level.
NFL Draft Prospects
With two impressive seasons under his belt, Keke Coutee would likely benefit by declaring early for the draft. As a true junior, Coutee accounted for approximately 32 percent of the Red Raiders’ receiving market share. Additionally, he posted excellent TD totals and accounted for approximately 28 percent of Texas Tech’s receiving TDs.
Referencing Kevin Cole’s regression tree for evaluating prospects, we can see that Coutee’s Career Market Share of Receiving Yards is light.
However, Coutee’s final season market share, yards per catch, and reception totals suggest he could be poised to make the leap as a successful NFL WR. (I was unable to locate Coutee’s exact birthdate, but he’s currently a true junior, so it’s safe to assume he will be younger than most other WRs in this draft class.)
Although Coutee is not the ideal height and weight, his big-play ability coupled with his young age should put him on your radar. If he performs well in the Birmingham Bowl and declares for the draft, I will be tracking him come combine time. If he runs well at the combine, it’s easy to envision his draft stock rising.
Although Keke Coutee was thrust to the top of the target totem pole with the departure of Jonathan Giles, he rose to the occasion.