The Minnesota Vikings aren’t committing to drafting a wide receiver in the first round in April, but they are making sure they find out as much as they can about the logical prospects.
On Friday night, the Vikings were scheduled to meet with TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson, who was one of the most selected receivers for Minnesota’s pick at No. 23 overall in the 12 national mock drafts Viking Update referenced prior to the NFL Scouting Combine. In the Scout.com Mock Draft Muncher, Doctson was selected the most – five times – out of the 25 draft that were munched.
Doctson said he is “about 100 percent” after having wrist surgery in November and naturally had extensive exams from NFL medical personnel upon checking in at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this week.
“I had a lot of doctors pulling and tugging on me (Thursday),” he said. “It was a little different. Everybody had a chance to look at my wrist.
(Thursday) I spent a lot of time with doctors and getting MRIs.”
Doctson had surgery in late November in Fort Worth, Texas, and was in a cast for about six weeks after having two pins inserted to stabilize the arm and bone. But medical concerns late in a prospect’s final season never kept the Vikings from taking a stab at greatness. There were concerns about Adrian Peterson’s collarbone prior to the Vikings selection him No. 7 overall in 2007.
Doctson said he will do all the drills Saturday at the Combine, and the Vikings will certainly be among the teams attending those on-field drills between quarterbacks and receivers.
Doctson left TCU with two of the three 1,000-yard seasons recorded in school history. He finished his career with the most receiving yards (2,785) in school history and the most in a single game (267).
He has become known as a receiver that isn’t afraid to battle for a pass in traffic.
“What helped me the most I think was playing basketball out of high school. Ally hoops helped me with timing of jumping, and catching the ball,” he said. “And then finding the rim definitely took a lot of hand-eye coordination. That helped correlate over very well for me. Timing in football, knowing when to time my jump to where I could get the best catch – naturally my body knows when to jump.”
Doctson was only a two-star recruit (as rated by Scout.com) coming out of high school but has raised his prospects to becoming viewed as a first-round value in this year’s NFL draft. He is one of 60 formal 15-minute Combine interviews the Vikings conduct in Indianapolis.
“Not being recruited out of high school, I don’t have any grudges, but anybody would love to be in my shoes right now,” he said. “I am just fortunate I am standing right here so I am taking all of it as blessings.”