Redskins draft countdown
The NFL draft is 21 days away and there is plenty of speculation as to what players Scot McCloughan will select to wear the burgundy and gold. Between now and the draft we’ll look at some of the players who might be of interest to the Redskins and discuss how he might fit in Washington.
40-yard dash: 4.50
Projected draft round: 1-2
What they’re saying
All of Doctson's experience came in a spread offense that didn't ask him to run a full route tree, but he shows outstanding effort on throws in his zip code, expanding his catch radius, contorting his body and finding ways to finish catches - bailed out quarterback Trevone Boykin on a number of errant passes on film.
Doctson lacks polish in areas, but has the resilient mentality and on-field skill-set to contribute early and settle into a No. 2 receiver role, drawing similarities to Jordan Matthews when he entered the league out of Vanderbilt.
—Dane Brugler, CBS Sports
How he fits the Redskins: The Cowboys have Dez, OBJ plays for the Giants, the Eagles have Jordan Matthews. If the Redskins are going to keep up in the division they need a tall wide receiver who can go up and come down with contested catches. The speedy DeSean Jackson is in the last year of his contract and the physical Pierre Garçon is, too. The Redskins need to have replacements ready for the possibility (probability?) that one (both?) of them moves on.
You could go on the web and produce a dozen or so GIFs like this one, with Doctson going up and getting a contested ball.
If you look at the “spider web” representation of his combine numbers here, you can see the impressive performances in the broad jump and vertical jump, which were predictable after watching him play. But also he shows he has good agility in the shuttle and 3-cone drills, areas where you expect a smaller receiver to excel. To be this quick and agile at his height is impressive.
He has solid football character according to all reports, something much more important to Scot McCloughan as the shuttles and jumping measurements.
Potential issues: Doctson is on the slender side and some are concerned about his ability to get off the line against press coverage. The team that drafts him will want him to add some strength without hampering his speed and jumping ability.
As noted in Brugler’s comment above, Doctson ran a very simple route tree in TCU’s spread offense. There is no reason to think he can’t learn but you don’t know until he does it.
He suffered a broken wrist that ended his senior season early and that will have to pass medical scrutiny.
Bottom line: If we are to believe the mock drafts coming out of the best-known analysts on the web, there is about a 50-50 chance that Doctson will be on the board when the Redskins’ pick comes up. About half of them have him being picked somewhere in the teens, in others he goes in the mid-twenties. His sweet spot could be at No. 21, where the Redskins pick.
Certainly, the Redskins need help on defense and a lineman is widely expected to be their top pick. But wide receiver is also a big need and they could wait until the second round to go D-line and grab someone like Doctson in the first.
In his own words
On how he developed his ability to get jump balls:
What helped me the most I think was playing basketball out of high school. Ally hoops helped me with timing of jumping, and catching the ball. And then finding the rim definitely took a lot of hand-eye coordination. That helped correlate over very well for me. Timing in football . . . knowing when to time my jump to where I could get the best catch…naturally my body knows when to jump.
Previously in Redskins draft countdown:
- Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama
- Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
- Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
- Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss
- Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
- A’Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama
- Andrew Billings, DL, Baylor
- Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
- Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
- Jarran Reed, DL, Alabama
- J. Prosise, RB, Notre Dame
- Cody Kessler, QB, USC
- Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas