Houston Texans News: Realistic expectations for the 2020 draft class
1. Isaiah Coulter, Wide Receiver- Rhode Island (Round 5, 171st overall)
6’3, 198 lbs, Age: 21
With the team’s final selection in the draft, the Texans vied for another weapon on offense who was described as a major sleeper from draft pundits. Isaiah Coulter played at Division II Rhode Island, which almost assuredly will create a humongous learning curve for him to adjust to this year. The major upside with this selection is that there is no rush to put Coulter on the field, as the wide receiver room is already fairly crowded after this offseason’s moves.
Coulter would traditionally slide into the slot based on his existing skill set, though he might be a bit too tall to play inside. After running a blazing 4.45 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, he is surprisingly one of the slower members of the Texans pass catchers.
Will Fuller, Kenny Stills, and the newly-acquired Brandin Cooks all clocked in under 4.4, and their places among the starting lineup are set in stone. Randall Cobb was the major slot signing in free agency as he made Texans news when joining the team. Cobb’s veteran presence may be a bigger benefit for Coulter than immediate playing time, so that should be watch this offseason.
Complicating matters further, Houston also has Keke Coutee and DeAndre Carter on the roster, but neither figured to play a significant role barring injuries this season. Coulter played well against top-flight competition, topping 150 yards against Virginia Tech in 2019.
Coulter may not post another 1,000-yard, eight touchdown season like he did last year, but he is an interesting piece to the jumbled puzzle that is the Texans offense.