Over the next week, we’re featuring each of the Redskins’ 2016 draft picks and spotlighting three things you need to know about them. Up today…
WR Josh Doctson (1st round, 22nd overall)
1—Doctson confirmed his first round status during February’s NFL Scouting Combine, where he was a top performer in a couple of key drills. He ranked No. 1 among all wide receivers in the vertical jump (41.0 inches) and No. 2 in the broad jump (131.0 inches). What has the Redskins’ corps of receivers lacked in recent years? Oh yeah, a 6-foot-2 pass catcher that can outleap defenders, particularly in the end zone. Well, now they’ve got one.
2—Thanks to Doctson’s leaping ability, body control and strong hands, he led this year's draft class in contested catch conversion rate, hauling in 85-percent of the 20 plays charted by NFL.com’s Matt Harmon. “His elite-level ball skills in tight traffic present him with one of the safest floors among the receiver prospects,” Harmon concluded.
3—Speaking of Doctson’s height and leaping ability, at 6-foot-2, he’s two inches taller than any wide receiver who caught a pass for the Redskins the past two seasons. In fact, Leonard Hankerson (2011-2013) was the last receiver over 6-foot to produce for the Redskins. (Hankerson, who now plays for the Bills, is also 6-2.) “Reminded me a lot of A.J. [Green] that we took a couple years ago in Cincinnati,” Coach Jay Gruden said of Doctson. “He's 6-foot-2 [and] AJ was 6-foot-4, but he’s got that same type of body control and the ability to high point [the ball] which is big time.”