For the first time since 1986 when the New York Jets drafted center, Bob White, in the 7th round, a URI Ram has been selected in the NFL Draft. Isaiah Coulter was picked by the Houston Texans with the 171st overall pick. Also, a former Ram was picked as well. Kicker Justin Rohrwasser was picked by the New England Patriots 159th overall.
Coulter left school as a junior to enter the draft with his cousin Aaron Parker. Coulter first appeared on the radar of NFL teams when he had nine receptions for 152 yards against Virginia Tech, who is a superior opponent. He has a lot to learn but there is a lot to like with Coulter. He is fast and is a good height for a receiver at 6’2”. If Coulter can refine his route running, he can be a star in the league because the speed, height, and length are already there. With Coulter, the traits are definitely there, but he is not a perfect prospect. The pick is a low risk, high reward for Houston.
Rohrwasser spent two seasons at URI before transferring to Marshall. He was very good for Rhode Island and led the team in scoring both seasons he spent in Kingston with 43 in his freshman year and 41 in his sophomore year. Also, in his sophomore year, Rohrwasser set the URI single-game points record with 14 points against Elon. He made 86% of his field goals during his time at URI. With the departure of longtime Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, Rohrwasser will have a chance to become the kicker for New England next season.
Two URI Rams were also picked up as undrafted free agents. Wide receiver Aaron Parker was picked up by the Dallas Cowboys and offensive lineman Kyle Murphy was signed by the New York Giants.