Southern Methodist University Wide Receiver 6’4″ – 216 lbs.
2017 Highlights: YouTube
2017 Stats: 62 receptions – 1,017 yards – 16.4 avg. – 12 TDs
2016 Stats: 76 receptions – 1,246 yards – 16.4 avg. – 10 TDs
2015 Stats: 49 receptions – 862 yards – 17.6 avg. – 9 TDs
Courtland Sutton is our favorite receiver in the 2018 NFL Draft. He’s a big-bodied receiver with superb quickness, nifty footwork, and good hands. He towers over defensive backs and has been great as a red zone target. Sutton is one of those receivers you want to throw fades to throughout the course of a game. He’s also displayed big-play ability with a career long 88-yard catch in 2016 and a 62-yard play during this season. He has all the tools to be a great NFL receiver but that potential of course comes with a weakness.
Sutton has the perfect wide out body and he has the ability to take over games. He’s very quick for his size and it will be interesting to see what kind of a 40 he runs at the NFL Combine. He’s explosive in the open field and knows how to work the sidelines. I wouldn’t say Sutton has great straight-line speed like a Julio Jones or an Antonio Brown, but he’s quick and decisive in his moves. His physicality and overall explosiveness make him the best receiver in this draft. Although he makes some one-handed circus catches and does show great hand-eye coordination, there are momentary lapses of focus in his game when it comes to seeing the ball all the way in.
For Sutton to be a successful NFL wide receiver, he needs to refine his technique in seeing the ball into his body. His route running could also use some work but these are things that can be improved with practice and focus. You could throw him quick slants and end zone fades all day but for him to be a great NFL receiver, he’ll need to work on deep outs to the sideline.
NFL Comparison: Alshon Jeffrey
Courtland Sutton reminds me of a faster Alshon Jeffrey. They have similar body types and are great at boxing out defensive backs in the end zone. He’s also shown some flashes of Plaxico Burress. If Sutton can sharpen his technique when bringing the ball into his body, he has a chance to be a better pro than Jeffrey. I love Sutton and feel he’s the best receiver in this draft. I think with some coaching and practice, he can make a huge impact in the 2018 NFL season.