Curious with the news of Fuller being suspended the rest of the season if this 5th rounder, that was just activated off of IR the end of October, becomes relevant. Here’s his draft profile..
NFL.com Draft Profile
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BleacherReport: Isaiah Coulter NFL Draft 2020 Scouting Report for Houston Texans’ Pick
Kyle Crabbs of the thedraftnetwork.com’s breakdown of Isaiah Coulter
Route Running - Like how he attacks off coverage with head fakes and deliberate intent to attack the blind spots in coverage. Has done well on deeper routes to snap and uncover, although his general burst through the top of his breaks can still use some touch ups to create more dynamic cuts.
Hands - His catch radius isn't ideal to match the rest of his length but I do think he shows soft hands in high point situations and when forced to extend and catch away from his body. He's fairly reliable if he's charged with going up with two hands to catch the football.
Contested Catch - He shows some effective hand fighting but does admittedly need to get more physical at the catch point and when pressing vertically down the field to create more separation. Curious to see how much of his success along the sideline has come by being bigger and faster than the competition.
RAC Ability - He's got modest upside here. Does well to break the angles of the first arriving defender and will do well to cut back into space and get back up to top speed fairly quickly in order to accelerate into space. He's not a killer in the open field, though — soft challenges can bring him down with relative ease.
Football IQ - For the FCS level, he brings a lot of attractive qualities to the table and has a surprising natural receiving skills for a small school prospect. Natural spatial awareness is a big plus and his ball skills allow him to uncover late in the rep, even when he's squeezed into the boundary.
Vertical Receiving - Wins a lot down the field — where his route breaks don't have to be so sharp and he can use his size/ speed to his advantage. Tracks the ball effortlessly and does a strong job of flashing his hands late to avoid tipping off the arrival of the football. Needs to play stronger to hold his line when pressing vertically.
COD Skills - He's smooth but not explosive here. I don't think he's as stale as his athletic testing might suggest he is — but he's sloppy at the top of hard angled route breaks and needs to cut down on extra steps to create more crispness to drive and attack grass when he needs to work back across his frame.
Speed - Pretty quick foot fire to get himself up to top speed and his long strides do well to gobble up grass and get him into the open field. He's not a raw burner but he's fast enough that he'll break pursuit angles after he's broken the first arriving defender. Closes cushion vs. off coverage effectively.
Competitive Toughness - Shows good effort at the catch point but will definitely need to get more assertive to use his size to his advantage. He's a work in progress from a functional play strength perspective, showed well at FCS level but there's plenty of room for improvement to act as an imposing presence on the boundary.
Blocking Skills - Foot mobility helps to mask for a lack of length — he should have no problem sliding and mirroring defenders to occupy the boundary. But he's not a super physical blocker and he doesn't have high end punch to pop and uproot cornerbacks at the line of scrimmage.
Best Trait - Ball Skills
Worst Trait - Play Strength
Best Film - Virginia Tech (2019)
Worst Film - James Madison (2019)
Red Flags - None
Summary - Isaiah Coulter projects as a potential starter at the pro level. Despite his presence at the FCS level, Coulter shows excellent ball skills, sideline awareness and body control to contort and adjust to throws down the field. He's got a knack for big receptions vertically and will be an asset as a Z-receiver tasked with running vertical to challenge deep safeties. He's savvy at the catch point and does well to bump and separate late in the rep — but he'll likely need time to adjust to NFL corners.
Rotoworld Draft blurb on April 5th, 2020
Texans selected Rhode Island WR Isaiah Coulter with the No. 171 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Coulter's (6'2"/198) 4.45 40-speed helped him blaze FCS competition with ease at Rhode Island, but his 72/1,039/8 receiving as a true junior still takes precedence among small school wideouts. As The Athletic's Dane Brugler notes, Coulter also stepped up to the plate with 9/152/0 against Virginia Tech, 2/53/1 against Ohio, and 10/156/1 versus UConn in his three career games in FBS play. His athletic profile left a lot to be desired outside of straight-line speed, but Coulter did enough at Rhode Island to fight his way in front of scouts. The rest of his career will come to the coaching staff(s) that choose to develop him.
Joe Marino of the thedraftnetwork.com’s breakdown of Isaiah Coulter
Isaiah Coulter- Rhode Island WR
PROS: Appealing blend of size and speed. Showcases good deception as a route runner where he works to stack and create leverage. Impressive quickness into his route stems from his release. Illustrates good body control and concentration at the catch point. Can climb the ladder and go get it. Does well to extend his catch radius vertically. Hands and ball skills appear natural with the ability to track and pluck the football outside of his frame. Not electric but he’s decisive working post-catch to find additional yardage. Has a monster game against Virginia Tech.
CONS: Has a big transition to the NFL. So many of his contested grabs will be far more heavily challenged at the next level. Can be too patient and needs to “go get it”. Lacks a true late gear to the football. Was only an average separator at the FCS level. Agility, elusiveness and separation quickness don’t impress. Has to become more physical and improve his functional strength.
BEST TRAIT - Body Control
WORST TRAIT - Separation Quickness
RED FLAGS - None
Rhode Island wide receiver Isaiah Coulter made his share of big plays in college and looked like he belonged with the best of the best giving his performance against Virginia Tech. Coulter brings exciting hands, ball skills and body control to the table. With that said, Coulter has a big adjustment ahead of him to the next level and his lack of separation quickness and modest functional strength will present new challenges to be productive. Coulter has developmental appeal but he has an uphill climb ahead of him.