Dylan Cantrell and Keke Coutee Rank in Top 40 Wide Receivers Prospect List
Bleacher Report is putting out their top 400 list of prospects in the NFL draft. The wide receiver list has two Red Raiders inside the top 40, with Keke Coutee and Dylan Cantrell making the cut.
First on the list is Dylan Cantrell, who lands at number 37. Cantrell has a some positives after a long career of solid tape and a strong combine. The positives include his natural catching ability, his understanding of the complete route tree and the spacing of an offense. Additionally, Cantrell's blocking ability downfield, his timing and body control on vertical routes and back-shoulder fades help him stand out. The site also praises his ability to make contested catches, which directly correlates to his weaknesses.
Those weaknesses are that he's "routinely forced to make contested catches because he can't separate against average-or-better talent."
Cantrell's overall grade won't see him drafted, but his consistency catching the football and creating space with his body will play well at the next level.
Next on the rankings is Keke Coutee. He clocks in as the 15th best receiver prospect in the 2018 draft with a 4th round draft grade.
The Bleacher Report scouts are brutally honest about Coutee, but I'm not sure all of it is Coutee's fault.
We can start with the positives. He's explosive and can take the top off a defense. We saw that time and again in Coutee's two seasons of prominence at Texas Tech. The positives include his relishing in the spotlight of Texas Tech's 'all-pass' offense and his prowess in the return game.
The article also has a positive listed of Coutee being 'great at finding zones,' before calling him 'timid and soft' for avoiding traffic. Which is it? Did the scheme find ways for Keke to avoid contact, or is he soft? I'm going to go with the design of the offense.
Coutee's pro comparison was former Kansas State star Tyler Lockett, who plays for the Seattle Seahawks.
Also in the top 15 from the Big 12 are Marcell Ateman and James Washington from Oklahoma State. Washington clocked in at number six, and had an interesting pro comparison that Red Raider fans will surely know: Michael Crabtree.