By: Steve Johnson
Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
6’3 3/8 218 32 3/8″ arms, 9 3/4″ hands
4.54 40, 35 1/2 vert, 124″ broad jump
2014: 3 games. 2 rec, 27 yards
2015: 12 games. 49 rec, 862 yards, 9 TDs
2016: 12 games. 76 rec, 1246 yards, 10 TDs
2017: 13 games. 68 rec, 1085 yards, 12 TDs.
Misc. Stats: Carried the ball for a 2 yard TD in 2017. Completed 2 passes on 2 attempts for 75 yards in 2015. Returned one punt for -8 yards in 2015.
Accolades: 2015 USA Today Freshman All-American, 2016 All-AAC First Team, 2017 All-AAC First Team
History: A 3-star TE/S in Brenham, TX, Sutton didn’t get many offers (BYU, Colorado, Rice). He played basketball in high school, and spent some time on SMU’s basketball team under Larry Brown in 2015/16. Sutton played in 3 games as a true freshmen before being medically redshirted.
Strengths: Big bodied with a huge catch radius. Boxes out and goes up and gets it like the former basketball player he is. Strong hands. Outmuscles smaller corners with ease. Produced despite inconsistent, sometimes just poor QB play. Can throw a mean stiff arm after the catch. Deceptively fast, can accelerate and get to the second level with his long strides, combined with size. Good kid, good leader.
Weaknesses: Sometimes miss times jumps. Doesn’t bring any type of elusiveness after the catch. Timed well in the agility drills, but doesn’t show on the field. Needs to do a better job using his hands to separate at the line of scrimmage. Is still raw, especially as a route runner.
Overview: Sutton is a big, strong possession receiver. The ex-basketball player knows how to use his body and strong hands to pluck balls out the air. Deceptively fast, but not quick. Sutton is still raw, but he’s absolute first round pick and could be one of the steals of this draft.
Draft Projection: 1st Round
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 6.3