One of the players that the Minnesota Vikings met with at the NFL Scouting Combine was TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson. There was a lot of speculation surrounding Docston heading into the combine and people seemed torn on whether he would be a first- or second-round pick.
Analysts were saying he was too slow, was too slender or that his numbers were skewed since he was going up against weaker defenses in the Big 12. Doctson did his best to use the combine to his advantage and put the negative thoughts about him to rest.
His first accomplishments came during the measurements, before he even took the field to showcase his athletic ability. He measured in at 6-foot-2, 202 pounds. The fact that he was able to come in over 200 pounds was huge for him because it showed that he was bigger than people originally thought. He will still need to add some more weight once he gets to the NFL, but 202 pounds is a good place to start.
The next place that Doctson needed to prove himself was in the 40-yard dash. He ended up running a 4.50, which isn’t great but it also isn’t bad. That is more of an average speed and it was made to look even better by the unusually slow wide receiver class this year.
The final thing that Doctson needed to do at this combine was prove to everyone that what they saw from him on the field wasn’t a fluke. He caught everything thrown his way in the pass-catching drills and that included the errant passes. He proved on multiple occasions that he has the ability to contort his body while in the air to come down with balls thrown any which way.
He also proved that, while he may not be the fastest receiver, he might be one the most explosive and one of the best at maintaining his speed while changing direction.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer talked about how he looks at the vertical jump as a way to measure explosiveness, and if that was the case he would have liked what he saw in the TCU receiver. Doctson led all receivers with a 41.0-inch vertical jump and recorded the second longest broad jump among receivers, jumping 131.0 inches.
Docston was also a combine top performer among receivers in the 20-yard-shuttle drill, running it in 4.08 seconds, and the 60-yard-shuttle drill, posting a time of 11.06 seconds.
During their time at the combine, both Zimmer and Vikings general manager Rick Spielman discussed that they believe a player doesn’t necessarily have to be tall to be a big receiver. They look at arm length and catch radius, among other things.
If those are the types of things that they are looking for in a receiver, then Doctson proved to fit the mold. He has an arm length of 31-7/8 and has proved time and time again that he has the ability to catch anything that comes near him. The biggest question now is when will he go in the draft.
The Vikings select at No. 23 overall, but there are multiple teams in front of them that need a receiver and could opt to go with Doctson after the showing he put on at the combine. However, if he falls to the Vikings, do not be surprised if they select him with their first-round pick.