Position: Wide Receiver
Size: 6-3, 195 pounds
Production: 2015: 79 rec, 1,327 yards, 14 TDs (Missed three games)
- Explosive leaper -- best vertical game in the class.
- Routinely catches the ball away from his frame.
- Incredible ability to track the ball downfield and get in position to win a 50-50 ball.
- Great length. Appears to have long arms that aid his insane catch radius.
- Plenty of experience working back to the ball, helping out his quarterback when things break down.
- Incredibly strong hands. Natural ability to pluck the ball out of the sky.
- Competitive "my-ball" mentality. Won't back down from anyone and he will let you know when he beats you.
- Flashes an ability to separate with his route running, but wasn't asked to do so on a regular basis.
- Can he fight through contact at the next level? It's a real concern of mine. Sometimes you'll see him run around defenders to avoid contact.
- Despite being labelled a deep threat, he doesn't have great speed. Won more with size and a vertical game.
- Lean overall frame. Listed at 190-195 pounds. May need to bulk up.
- Must prove he can beat press coverage. Doesn't have quick feet and isn't overly strong -- he must find a way to get off the line of scrimmage.
Josh Doctson is just a fun player. His vertical game and strong hands make him a dangerous threat down the field and in the redzone. He's long and athletic, but plays at a lean 190 pounds. I think he has a role in the league regardless, but he'll need to get stronger to become a top flight NFL receiver.
If Jon Robinson wants a vertical threat on the outside, Doctson could be his guy at pick 33. There's a real chance he could go in the first round, but teams may push him down because of his age (23). A left tackle at number one and a deep threat at 33 could do a lot for Marcus Mariota.
Grade: 1st round
Draft Projection: Picks 20-40