Courtland Sutton Draft Profile

Courtland Sutton draft profile

Strengths:

  • Size
  • Powerful receiver
  • Plays like basketball big man
  • Willing worker in the middle of traffic
  • Inaccurate quarterback limited potential of his production over last two seasons
  • Uses body positioning and extended catch radius for his quarterback
  • Consistent at working back to underthrown balls to help his quarterback
  • Has the confidence of a top-flight target
  • Can beat press coverage with strength
  • Willing and forceful run blocker

Analysis: Courtland Sutton is your prototypical possession receiver who has the size and physicality you look for in a starting wideout. He can beat the most physical corners in press coverage due to his elite strength and will not get ‘big-boyed’ by even the strongest defensive backs. He is a willing worker over the middle and does not show any ‘alligator-arms’ on tape. Sutton’s ability to win in contested catch situations could get him early playing time as a second or third receiver, but he may not have the explosiveness to ever become a top-flight WR1. His quarterback play at SMU severely limited his production and potential in college. Sutton uses body positioning and extended catch radius for his quarterback–his future QB will not need a wide open Sutton to throw him the ball–he excels in tight coverage beating his opponent. Mans up opponents like a basketball player backing down in the post.

Weaknesses:

  • Below average play speed
  • Route wiggle is average and feel gradual rather than sharp
  • Not an elite route runner
  • Doesn’t show much separation burst on first and second levels
  • Inconsistent ball skills when adjusting late to throws
  • Won’t scare defenses with catch-and-run
  • Struggled to get anything going against quality competition like TCU and UCF
  • Defaults to bodying smaller cornerbacks rather than working for cleaner windows

Analysis: Courtland Sutton is a physical receiver but he lacks the elite speed and separation you look for in a No.1 wide receiver. His route running is more gradual than sharp and that prevents him from creating the separation from his defender. The American Athletic Conference has some solid players, but Sutton struggled against UCF and Big 12 opponent TCU (the two teams who were elite) making scouts wonder how he will hold up against a full season on elite competition. His ball skills are surprisingly average, not winning the 50-50 throws you think he would. He defaults to bodying smaller cornerbacks rather than working for cleaner windows against those defenders he has a clear size advantage against. Sutton is a possession receiver who has the size and toughness to handle a heavier target load if necessary, but he will need to improve as a route runner because his play speed and separation is nothing special.

What the scouts say: “He’s got to get quicker and learn to separate or he’s going to be wearing coverage around the field. He’s very mentally and physically tough so I think he’ll get it figured out.” — NFC team regional scout

Size: 6’3 218lbs

Draft Grade: 2nd Round

NFL Comparison: Michael Crabtree

Draft Projection: Round 2

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