Courtland Sutton NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Denver Broncos' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 27, 2018

SMU wide receiver Courtland Sutton (16) participates in warm-up drills before the start of an NCAA college football game against Central Florida, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Mike Stone)
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POSITIVES

—Big-body receiver who excels playing above the rim.

—Has a huge catch radius.

—Physical and tough through traffic. Won't get beat by press at the line of scrimmage.

—Can run through contact before and after the catch.

—Times the ball well on jump balls and high-points with long arms.

—Concentration and vision are excellent when looking in the ball.

—Boxes out like a basketball player.

     

NEGATIVES

—Lack of separation via speed causes concerns.

—Dominated small-school competition.

—Doesn't sink into breaking routes and can play tall.

—Offers almost nothing after the catch.  

OVERALL

Courtland Sutton looks the part of an NFL outside receiver (6'3", 218 lbs), but there are questions about speed and agility that weren't answered when he declined a Senior Bowl invite and then failed to wow in testing at the combine. Sutton is a gamble due to unknowns, but the payoff in the right scheme could be huge.

     

GRADE: 6.99 (Round 2)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles

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