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Why Isaiah Coulter could be late round steal for Texans

WR Isaiah Coulter was taken 171st by the Houston Texans. Will he be able to make the roster and have fantasy value in his career?

Wide receiver Isaiah Coulter #8 of the Rhode Island Rams makes a reception against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the second half at Lane Stadium on October 12, 2019 in Blacksburg, Virginia. Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images

The Houston Texans have made some wild moves at wide receiver this offseason, but that may turn out to be a good thing for wide receiver Isaiah Coulter, who the Texans took 171st overall in the NFL Draft. Coulter caught 72 passes for 1,039 yards and eight touchdowns to finish his collegiate career. He started all 11 games as a sophomore, catching 42 receptions for 604 yards, for three touchdowns and played in all 11 games as a freshman.

Scouting Report

Coulter is 6’2”, 198 pounds and ran a 4.45 40 at the combine. He has the raw make up you want to see, but played against weaker competition and needs to mature both as a route runner and in his physicality. He’s got all the natural skills to go up and catch about anything thrown his way and he has the quicks to build from out of the blocks and as a route runner.

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. — Kyle Crabbs, The Draft Network

Fantasy football impact

Coulter joins a receiving group in Houston with a bunch of question marks. Will Fuller hasn’t played a season without missing games due to injury and Brandin Cooks is one concussion away from missing mutliple games. Kenny Stills could be cut, as he is making $7 million this season to be the fourth wide receiver and Randall Cobb has slowed down after injuries. Coulter is also the tallest receiver on the team and his presence in the red zone could be needed quickly. That could give him some value as early as this season but he’ll likely need time to be coached up and fill out before he can be a consistent fantasy player.