The 2016 NFL Draft is sneaking towards dynasty fantasy owners. Despite the NFL being in the thralls of free agency, there is a lot more work to be done. In this article, former TCU wide out, Josh Doctson’s game tape gets reviewed. I watched eight of his collegian games against Minnesota (2015 and 2014), Texas Tech, Texas, Kansas State, Ole Miss (2014), and Iowa State (2014) to better understand the skills and abilities this young man will bring to the next level. Here is what I saw:
WR-Josh Doctson, TCU 6′ 2″ 200 lbs.
Cons: The receiver has a few issues getting off the line of scrimmage when facing press coverage, perhaps this is due to his size and power. He is thin for 6′ 2″ at 200 lbs, and does not play with a lot of physicality with a lot of bodies around him. This makes him a liability on quick bubble screens and doesn’t allow him to break many tackles. His speed is average (4.5 40-yard dash), and it takes him a few steps to build up to top speed. The wide out does not run many crisp routes, so that will be a place for him to focus on at the next level. While his run blocking is average for a college player, he will need to improve at that if he wants to be a three down offensive threat. Also at 23 years old, Doctson will be one of the oldest rookie receivers in his class.
Pros: If you need a high-effort , quick footed wide out to stretch your offense vertically, Doctson is your kind of player. He tracks the ball well in the air, makes receptions in stride, attacks the ball at its highest point by out-leaping his coverage, and gets behind the defense. The former Horned Frog has a large catch radius, adjusts well to the pigskin in the air, and will even grind it out for the occasional worm burner before it hits the ground. The receiver routinely caught the ball with bracket coverage and had a huge target share of 36.5% in the Texas Christian passing offense. He uses the sidelines well and enjoys catching passes in the middle of the field.
Doctson has an explosive lower body that is evident with a 41″ vertical jump and 131″ broad jump. In film study, the wide out shows off this explosiveness by setting up defenders with double moves, spins, and jump cuts in the open field changing directions almost effortlessly. He is a willing hand fighter down the field, boxes out defenders, fights for extra yardage, and seems to enjoy using a stiff-arm to keep defenders at bay. Perhaps the most exciting part of his game is his acrobatic, one-handed catches that he routinely makes. This makes him very dangerous at the back of the end zone.
Overall thoughts: Doctson can be found in most draft pundits top five. Will his lack of physicality and polish keep some potential owners away? It might. I have more of a glass half full view with his outstanding deep game, large catch radius, and wonderful change of direction in the open field. He is in my top three rookie receivers.
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