Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman continued his marathon tour of checking out the top wide receivers in this year’s draft. He has already been to the pro day workouts of Ohio State’s Michael Thomas, Baylor’s Corey Coleman and Ole Miss’ Laquon Treadwell. Spielman added another name to that list, as he was seen at the TCU Pro Day to check out Josh Doctson, on Thursday.
Spielman had a little company too, as the Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer joined him. The only other one of the pro days Zimmer is known to have joined Spielman at was the one at Ohio State, but that also could have been because of the multitude of defensive talent there.
Spielman’s and Zimmer’s focus was clearly on Doctson at the TCU Pro Day as they spent a lot of time working him out on their own. Zimmer even ran press coverage on the receiver himself in order to really get a feel of how he worked off the line. RosterWatch even took a video of it for Twitter.
Most players like to participate in different workouts during their pro days in order to try and improve on their scores from the NFL Scouting Combine or show scouts what they have to offer for the first time. It appears, though, that Doctson chose to sit on all of the numbers he posted at the combine, which makes sense because he was one of the top performers among the receivers in nearly every drill:
40-yard dash: 4.50 seconds
Bench press: 14 reps
Vertical jump: 41.0 inches
Broad jump: 131.0 inches
Three-cone drill: 6.84 seconds
20-yard short shuttle: 4.08 seconds
60-yard shuttle: 11.06 seconds
The only thing that he really could have improved on was his 40 time, but it seems he was happy with the time. He is not known for his speed and the time he posted was exactly what he needed to do in order to help out his draft stock. If he tried to improve on that time at his pro day it’s possible he could have improved on it, but he also could have done worse. Scouts and teams will usually stick with the faster time on paper, but if he were to run a slower time that would likely be what stuck in people’s minds since it happened more recently.
Instead, Docston decided to let his play on the field do the talking at his pro day as he participated in the positional drills. He reportedly looked good, showcasing his complete body control on multiple occasions and his ability to go up and get the ball.
At 6-2, 202 pounds Doctson is not the biggest receiver in the draft, but his ability to go up and get the ball, and also contort his body around to catch an errant throw, makes him seem bigger than he is. Zimmer and Spielman both said they look for more than just height in a receiver, and from the attention they have continually shown Doctson it’s pretty evident they like what they see.
Wide receiver appears to be the biggest hole the Vikings still have to fill on their roster and it’s clear they are doing their due diligence assessing the prospects.
Both Treadwell and Docston are reportedly attending the Vikings top-30 event later this offseason, according to multiple reports, and the team will also be hosting German wide receiver Moritz Boehringer on Wednesday, according to NFL.com.
The receiver the Vikings ultimately decide to take in this year’s draft depends a lot on what the teams in front of them do. Plenty of them are in need of a No. 1 wide receiver, including the Houston Texans – who select right in front of the Vikings. It will be interesting to see what the Vikings choose to do if a multitude of these receivers fall to them at No. 23, but Docston could be the front-runner as things sit now.