SI50: Josh Doctson, WR
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SI50: Josh Doctson, WR
Friday April 29th, 2016

With the No. 22 pick in the 2016 NFL draft, the Washington Redskins select TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson.


Doctson has been one of the most productive receivers in the nation the last two seasons, and when it comes to the tape, he can back up all those numbers. Doctson is especially strong when asked to compete with cornerbacks and safeties on 50/50 balls, and he combines size, strength and speed to be one of the best talents in the class, regardless of position. Washington drafted a very good red-zone target for QB Kirk Cousins and a perfect fit for Jay Gruden's West Coast offense.

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Strengths: Doctson has an enthralling combination of smooth vertical speed, toughness in tight coverage and subtle route movements. Accelerates well through deep routes and can shake defenders loose with shifts on the move. Skilled in making decisive cuts on slants and in-cuts. Times his jumps to catch very well, accentuating his height, and has no issue hand-fighting with aggressive cornerbacks. High-volume receiver with an impressive catch radius, especially on high and overthrown passes, and not afraid to bring his arms up even when he knows he’s about to get a chest shot. Can roll his body past defenders in off-coverage. Natural boundary receiver who has a great sense of his place at the sideline. Tough, willing and persistent blocker. Great yards-after-catch receiver who runs with toughness and will stiff-arm defenders on the hoof. Height/weight combination would imply a thin frame, but Doctson has good musculature and knows how to use it. Will go all out even when he’s getting beaten up in the end zone. Passionate player with a great work ethic.

Weaknesses: While Doctson makes wider cuts well, he’s a bit slower on routes that require quick cuts—takes him an extra second to get set, and he may miss catches at the next level against defenders who know how to work that. This may also limit him as a slot receiver, as well. Worked in a college offense that presented him with easy coverage openings, and will need time to adapt to more aggressive press coverage in the NFL. Runs too upright, which limits his body efficiency at times, especially when he’s trying to accelerate to another gear downfield. Will need reps over the middle to develop specific tracking skills.

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