127 receptions, 2135 yards, 19 TD
Today we look at a very talented player and “potentially” the top wide receiver in this year’s draft. Courtland Sutton arrived in Big D from Brenham HS (TX). He was a three-star recruit, choosing the Mustangs over Colorado and BYU. Sutton redshirted his first year on campus. As a redshirt freshman, he started every game and finished the season with 49 catches for 862 yards and 9 touchdowns. His sophomore season Sutton improved his stats across the board. He finished with 76 receptions 1,246 yards and ten touchdowns. Sutton has played a few games for the SMU basketball team.
2016: Baylor, TCU, East Carolina, USF
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The first thing I notice about Sutton is how physically imposing he is. He immediately stands out as being much bigger than the defensive backs he lines up against. Sutton high points the ball well. He has excellent concentration and can torque his body in ways one should not be able to do so. Sutton is also an asset in the run game as a blocker.
Sutton lacks top-end speed. He is probably never going to run away from corners. I also noticed he struggles to gain separation. Luckily for him, his physicality allows him to overcome this.
Courtland Sutton is highly productive. He compares favorably to former South Carolina and current Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. It will be interesting to me to see if he can gain more separation this year. Clemson pass catcher Mike Williams was a top-ten pick this year with a similar profile as Sutton, so there is a chance he could go that high. Only time will tell.