Cardinals Draft Analysis: WR Early Doucet

The Arizona Cardinals used their third-round pick to inject some new blood into an already potent passing attack. AZRedReport.com's Samantha Fillerup profiles Early Doucet and his potential to replace Bryant Johnson and exploit double-teams drawn by Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin.

Who He Is

Early Doucet (6'0", 212 pounds) is a wide receiver out of LSU. In 2007, he recorded 57 receptions for 525 yards and five touchdowns. In his career, he totaled 160 catches for 1,943 yards and 20 touchdowns.

What To Like

Doucet ran the 40-yard dash in 4.59 seconds but he plays faster than he times. He has incredible leaping ability, which allows him to compete for balls at their highest points. He has good hand-eye coordination, adjusts to the ball in flight and is willing to make tough catches. He has good ball security and works to sustain his blocks.

What Not To Like

He lacks a second gear to really be a threat downfield and tends to take soft angles, so he will need to refine his cuts. At times, he gets ahead of himself and tries to run before he secures the ball. He will sometimes jog off the line of scrimmage and get into his patterns late.

Who Else Was Available

The Cardinals chose Doucet in the third round when many other talented players were still available. Among those were running back Steve Slaton (Houston Texans), wide receiver Mario Manningham (New York Giants) and tight end Kellen Davis (Chicago Bears).

Looking Forward

Doucet is a gifted athlete who will bring not only a new spirit, but hopefully more success in the upcoming season. He played for a very good collegiate team and was coached well. He joins Cardinals wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald in the quest to make Matt Leinart look like the player the Cardinals envisioned when they tabbed him with a top-10 pick in 2005.


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