Name: Josh Doctson
Position: Wide Receiver
Hands: 9 7/8”
Projected: Mid-to-Late 1st
Incredibly smooth, a fluid receiver that glides effortlessly in and out of breaks.
Doctson may be lean, but physicality does not influence his route-running. With deceptive strength, he is able to utilize his power to force his way through coverage, and he has strong hands at the point of catch to secure his targets easily.
Doctson has above-average speed that allows him to pull away from defenders in the open field, and he has the vertical athleticism to out-jump them in the red-zone.
A legitimate weapon that will have an early impact in the National Football League, Doctson is very likely to go off the board before the end of Day 1.
The big knocks on Doctson are surrounding his lean body mass. Against NFL cornerbacks, he may find himself out-muscled, and he will need to spend significant time in the weight room at the next level.
He will need to improve his blocking, which is currently a negative side effect of his lean profile and lack of functional strength on the field.
He also will need to improve his commitment to his routes, as he has a habit of rounding them off and getting too upright when he feels he has his man beat.
If the Browns are interested in Doctson, they will likely have to trade down again from No. 8 overall. Doctson may not be a Top 10 talent, but he could have one of the highest ceilings out of any prospect.
For Cleveland, Doctson would be a plug-and-play WR1, helping to stretch the field vertically with the help of the strong arm of Robert Griffin III. His versatility would allow Hue Jackson to line him up all over the field to create mismatches, and he could quickly become a go-to option in Cleveland.
He has the potential to be the best wide receiver out of the 2016 draft class, but he is already the safest bet. As close to a sure thing as you’ll get this year, Doctson just knows how to win and put the ball in the end-zone.
Ideally, he would be drafted as a high-end WR2, opposite of another tall wideout, but he has the ability to be a WR1 on his own.
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