2018 NFL Draft Preview: Courtland Sutton

SMU
Wide Receiver #16
Junior, 6-3 215

Courtland Sutton returns to SMU as one of the top players in college football…

  • Large catch radius, adjusts with ease
  • Consistent hands catcher that keeps ball away from body
  • Dominant redzone target (10 of 19 touchdowns are in the redzone)
  • Not a burner but explosive out of breaks and in release
  • Most forced missed tackles out of returning AAC receivers (per PFF)
  • First Team All-AAC

Though just completing his sophomore season, Courtland Sutton already has his name written all over the SMU record book. He set the school sophomore record for most receiving yards in a season with 1,246 (holds freshman record, too). He also holds the Mustang record for most receiving yards in a game with 252 accounted for on 13 receptions (career high) versus South Florida last season.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound wideout decided to return to school turning down a possible first round selection in this year’s draft. After an injury that led to a medical redshirt in his freshman season, Sutton has progressed in each season. His first full season of play, the Brenham, Texas, native caught 49 passes for 862 yards with nine touchdowns and an impressive 17.5 yards per catch average. Entering most likely his final season in Dallas, Sutton has racked up 2,133 receiving yards on 125 receptions and 19 touchdowns in the past two seasons.

Sutton gains the biggest applause from his aggressive and physical style of play. The junior has a way with consistently boxing out defenders while battling and winning nearly every 50-50 ball thrown his way. His large catch radius is put on display every weekend as he shows easiness in adjusting his body to inaccurate passes and then using his length to sure the catch.

Sutton uses his large hands to attack the ball in the air keeping it away from his body to avoid any potential drops. His biggest knock comes when his speed traits are brought to the table. Sutton doesn’t show top-level long speed but his explosiveness off the line and out of breaks makes up for any speed concerns that come into question. The Los Angeles Chargers selected Mike Williams No.7 overall with similar speed questions.

A year ago at this time, Sutton was scratching the surface as just a productive player on a 2-10 football team. Now, Sutton is one of the top names entering the 2017 college football season and is on a team that finished 5-7 that brings back 14 starters including its quarterback. Turning down the possibility of being a top 50 pick to come back and win a championship should not be overlooked when evaluating the college football star receiver for the next level.




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