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2018 NFL Draft Profile: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

Courtland Sutton headlines the AAC receivers entering this year’s draft.

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Courtland Sutton, Wide Receiver, SMU

Height: 6’4’’

Weight: 218 lbs

Arm Length: 32 3/8 inches

Hand Size: 9 34 inches

40 Yard Dash: 4.54 seconds

Vertical Jump: 35.5 inches

Broad Jump: 124 inches

3-Cone Drill: 6.57 seconds *** Top Performer

20 Yard Shuttle: 4.11 seconds *** Top Performer

60 Yard Shuttle: 11.06 seconds *** Top Performer

2017 Stats: Receptions 68, Yards 1085, Average: 16, Long: 62, Touchdowns: 12

Grade: 5.82


Strengths

Between his 2016 and 2017 seasons, Sutton has become a household name as one of the top receivers entering the NFL draft.

Taking a look at his frame, he is the perfect type of NFL receiver. At 6’4’’, almost 220 pounds, he has the perfect height to win 50-50 balls and has the ideal weight at receiver that displays he is capable of being a physical receiver.

Sutton has had two 1,000 yard seasons in his time with SMU, proving he can be a bring producer. Additionally, he is very agile, displaying shifty moves in Chad Morris’ spread offense which usually placed Sutton to make plays in space. The last big strength is his footwork. Plenty of times during last season he proved that he can get two feet in bounds.

With all of his accomplishments at SMU, he was able to earn a 1st or 2nd round grade. As shown above, he earned the top performer spot in the 3-cone, 20 and 60 yard shuttles. While he didn’t blow away anyone in the 40, a 4.54 is still a very respectable time. Overall, his combine performance only helped his draft stock in my mind. He is projected to compete for a starting role.

Weakness

Sutton’s biggest weakness is that he sometimes disappeared during big games as a Mustang. For example, last season, he did not produce against TCU or UCF, where he had a combined 6 catches for 46 yards. Even if he was double covered during most of the game, he needed to find some way to get involved. When the best player doesn’t produce in marquee games, that could be a red flag for some.

Predictions

Sutton is clearly one of the best receivers in the draft and has the skill set to warrant a high draft pick. From the NFL.com mock draft, he is projected to go in the second round. I could easily see him going in the first. Whichever team drafts him is getting a heck of a player that could easily be entering as a starter in training camp.

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What round does Sutton go in?

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