Wide Receiver, TCU 6ft 2in – 202lbs
|40yd dash: 4.5s||Bench Press: 14 reps|
|Vertical Jump: 41in||3 Cone Drill: 6.84s|
|Broad Jump: 10ft 11in||20yd Shuttle: 4.08s|
After Laquon Treadwell there are 2-5 receivers – depending on how you rate them – that are all pretty close together and could legitimately state a claim to be the 2nd guy in this draft. Josh Doctson is one of those guys. To me he is number 3, but not by much, and if not for a wrist injury that kept him out of the combine, he could be pushing to be the first receiver taken. Doctson was the focal point of the high-powered TCU Horned Frogs offense; this year he was the QB’s target on 36.5% of their throws. That’s insane. One of every three throws went to Doctson, and it isn’t hard to see why. Not only does he believe and act like he is the main receiver, he has the skills and production to back it up. He runs very nice, smooth deep routes and he can create separation in several ways both before the ball is in the air and afterwards. Once it is in the air, he has an uncanny ability to come down with it. He has excellent hops and excellent body control to adjust, he also has great hands. He can pull balls in over defenders, out of their hands or with just one of his hands. He uses all of this to his advantage, making him one of the best redzone receivers in college football; he has 25 receiving touchdowns in his last 2 seasons despite missing 3 games. He does have some things he needs to improve, but boy does he have a lot to work with and succeed with whilst he does. Compared to Treadwell, Doctson has not been as busy when it comes to visits, but that isn’t to say teams haven’t shown interest. Of the 6 teams he has met (CIN, BUF, CLE, PHI, DET, MIN), 5 of them came at the Combine (all but CLE). However, the Bengals, Browns and Vikings have all had meetings with him outside of the Combine, with the Bengals going one further and working him out. As this would suggest then, the Bengals seem to have a significant interest in Doctson. Not only does it seem that way, but he is both a fit and a need. With Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones both leaving in free agency, the Bengals need a running mate for AJ Green. Well, Doctson fits the mould. AJ Green is going to draw all of the double teams, leaving Doctson to stretch the field on the other side. Once the Bengals get to the redzone, I can’t imagine any team stopping them when they have Green, Eifert, Bernard, Hill and now Doctson to worry about. Outside of the Bengals, any of the other receiver needy teams could look to pick Doctson up in the mid-late first round or early second; Detroit, Buffalo, Houston, Minnesota, Carolina, Cleveland, San Diego, Baltimore and New Orleans.