PROS: Has been a productive playmaker in each of the last three seasons for the Gophers. Offers some versatility in terms of pass rush, run defense and pass coverage in a stand up role. Fluid mover in all directions, including coverage drops and he reaches his landmarks. Does well to slip blocks in pursuit and find the football. Generally a fast processor and his responses are quick. Finds success as a finesse pass rushers, taking advantage of his quickness and fluidity to get by offensive linemen.
CONS: Not built for edge-setting duties and hasn’t had much experience in a true off-ball role defending the run. Power rush elements aren’t found in his game. If blockers get their hands on him he gets washed and he doesn’t have the length needed to win with first contact and keep his pads clean.
BEST TRAIT - Quickness
WORST TRAIT - Play Strength
RED FLAGS - None
Minnesota EDGE Carter Coughlin racked up 40 tackles for loss, 22.5 sacks and eight fumbles during his career and was a consistent playmaker for the Gophers. With that said, his lack of size, length and functional strength makes him a challenging projection to the next level. There’s plenty to like about Coughlin’s quickness, motor, gap-shooting skills and fluidity but the power components that are missing from his game present challenges when asking him to truly play on the edge and a move to a true off-ball role may be necessary. Coughlin should be a quality special teamer and provide upside in subpackages but the rest of his forecast is a complete projection.