Courtland Sutton- WR SMU 

6.57 3-Cone! 4.11 SS! 11.06 60!

6-3, 218, (O) 4.54, 32.3" Arms!

35.5" Vert, 10'6"Broad! 18 Reps

The Best Part I. 

By TOM

Sutton got wide open when he breaks off his patterns short, after going deep a few times. Very underrated elusive runner with the ball in his hands. Great burst in and out of cuts in patterns. His size and quicks makes him very hard to tackle for DBs. He tested with elite quicks and COD at the Combine, with top five numbers in the: 3-Cone, Short Shuttle, and 60-Yard Shuttle. Which is incredible when you look at his size.

Comes back to the QB nicely. Nice speed down the Seam. He can break out from the Seam on a Post and burst wide open. He knows how to run patterns to get open. Finds the holes in the zones on the 3rd level. He lines up on both sides of the line, and in the slot sometimes. Runs a great inside out pattern. Needs work on his release. He is the best WR in this Draft.

Great route runner, who breaks himself open with great burst, precision, and skill. "I had a script of the routes I wanted to run," Sutton said at his Proday. "But coach Sanjay and coach Garrett wanted to see me run certain routes, too. If it didn't look right, I'd go back and run it again and try to perfect it." He is a very impressive kid. 

He impressed a lot of NFL guys at his Proday. "We talked some ball, I got to get on the board and watch some film and show them my knowledge. I'm getting to learn some terminology, which is huge," Sutton said at his Proday. "Especially coming from a spread offense, it's helpful to hear from all these coaches about what certain things mean. So when I get to whatever team takes me (in the draft), it won't all be new to me. Coach Brewer broke things down where I could understand it. I talked to coach Johnson a lot about our offense at SMU, how we ran things, why we ran things. The concepts were the same. What they do is just use different terminology, and getting to those same concepts through different formations and moving guys around. I learned a lot." He reminds me so much of Demaryius Thomas. 

Sophomore (2016): Played and started in all 12 games at wide receiver…Became the first SMU receiver to garner first-team all-conference honors since current Dallas Cowboy Cole Beasley in 2011…Led the team in receptions (76), receiving yards (1,246) and receiving touchdowns (10)…Ranked in the top-20 in the nation in receiving yards per game (103.8 – 12th), receiving yards (1,246 – 19th) and receptions per game (6.3 – 20th)…Became just the ninth Mustang to register 1,000 yards in a season, finishing with 1,246, which ranks third at SMU…Ranked ninth in school history with 2,135 receiving yards and sixth at SMU with 19 receiving touchdowns…Currently holds both the freshman and sophomore single-season receiving yards record.

He runs with some great power on the 2nd and 3rd level. He can devastate DBs when running when he lowers his shoulders. Terrific physically running the fade in the Endzone. He can push off the puny CB, and turn back outside and catch the fade smooth and easy. He has terrific consistent hands. He leaps up over smaller DBs with the greatest of ease, and snags the ball with his big hands.

They will run bubbles screens to him. He has some great make you miss in the open field. And once he is up to speed, he runs away from some good DBs. Not a good blocker. He avoids blocks on the 2nd level sometimes. But he runs with a rare physicality with the ball in his hands sometimes. Very strong guy. Creates separation with physicality, quicks, and explosive breaks and cuts in pattern.

He has great quicks, bursts, and COD. Which he demonstrated at the Combine with great quickness, agility, balance, and Change Of Direction numbers: 6.57 3-Cone Drill, 4.11 Short Shuttle, and 11.06 60-yard Shuttle. Then he flies down field, and gets open deep. He has the best chance to be a number one receiver of all the WRs in this Draft. Great hands. He catches everything. he can make DBs look foolish on the 2nd and 3rd levels when he runs after the catch.

I like the way he catches the ball, and bobs and weaves down the field. He lined up on both sides of the ball. He ran simple patterns. He reminds me of Demaryius Thomas, who McDaniels traded up to get. He can catch the ball, and makes DBs miss on the second level with great quick bursts. Nice job dragging the foot on the sideline. 

He made Corners and DBs look foolish consistently. "Me being a bigger receiver, my job is to make the DB uncomfortable," Sutton said. "If I get him uncomfortable, then I’m in my element. There are a lot of benefits to being 6-4, 218 pounds. I try to make I’m sure I’m maximizing that and play to my size." He is as physical as he is explosive.

He is a great athlete who played basketball for SMU as a freshman. "Being a bigger guy, a lot of people think all I can do is go over the top," Sutton said. "A lot of people are going to question what I can do. I don’t mind it. I like being able to better myself and prove that I can do the things that people say I can’t do. I’m not even close to my peak. Those are all things I need to work on to become a better overall receiver." He brings his elite size, burst, and speed ratio to the field.

Damn it! He is not going to last to the Pats pick at 23 now that I did this Bio (I debated whether to stuff it in a draw or not). He is the best WR in this Draft. He will be the first WRs taken of the Board (unless no WR is taken before 16, because Baltimore is taking Ridley;). But the Pats are now in position to trade up to get him. If McDaniels got the promise, and they realize they need to get Brady a super weapon, so maybe he can play for 2 or 3 more years, than they have to trade up to save him (Brady that is;). This pick could be the difference between one year of Brady and three.

Junior (2017): Started all 13 games... Was second on the team with 69 receptions for 1,085 yards and 12 receiving touchdowns (3rd at SMU)... Ranked eighth nationally in receiving TDs, 21st in receiving yards and 26th in receiving yards per game (83.5)... Caught four TDs against North Texas, tied for the most in a game at SMU… Finished his career in the top 15 among active leaders in receiving TDs (3rd), receiving yards (6th), receiving yards per game (7th), receiving yards per game (8th), receptions per game (12th) and receptions (15th)… Finished top-10 at SMU in career TDs (31, 2nd), career yards (3,220, 3rd) and career receptions (195, 6th)… RECORDS: Tied the SMU single-game record for single-game TDs with four against UNT.

Additional Notes:

TCU: Great quicks. He is much more sudden than a guy his size should be. Dangerous in the open field. Great speed outside. He makes DBs look slow on the 2nd level. Elite elusiveness on the screen. Great quick hands, and snaps them up to grab the ball instantly. Nice double move that bursts him past the Safety. Flows down field like the wind past everyone.  he doesn't run an NFL route tree, and will have to learn NFL patterns. But he has the great size, surprising bursts and COD to run any pattern a team throws at him.

South FLA: Lines up in the slot. Runs a lot of stop patterns. He will hustle after DBs to block for his teammates, as they run away from him. Knows how to run patterns. You can see he studies his craft. Great natural balance on quick explosive cuts and breaks. They have him go and block the Safety a lot. He can grab the CB on he second level and keep him outside on inside runs with his hands in his shirt. Great heavy hands in pattern that can knock CBs off their feet. He caught a 43-yard TD pass from the RB, with a nice push off on the CB, and then went and got it. 

UConn: He is a great receiver in the Redzone. Love his hands and strength. He caught the ball at the Two, and powered over two DBs for a Great TD. They ran a lot of screens to him, and he is very dynamic with the ball in his hands. Amazing dude. He can catch the screen, and go back the other way. He is so big, but he makes guys miss in the open field, like a mouse stealing cheese. He can catch the ball through a lot of contact. Great quick feet at the line. He caught a 34-yard TD, with his quick feet getting him a free release.  

Combine: Big WR, who can catch it through contact. He played in a wacky spread system, and has to learn how to run patterns. Though he did run patterns to get open very well in their limited tree. I was a little disappointed with the 4.55 Forty. I thought he would run in the 4.4s. But he doesn't need speed to get open. Explosive bursts and quickness. He can use his size, and sudden stops to get open as well. He has very good hands. He tested with some elite number I never saw before in quickness, agility, balance, and explosion numbers, especially for a guy his size. It takes elite quicks, agility, balance, and burst to run a friggin' 6.57 3-Cone, 4.11 SS, and a11.06 60 at 6-4!

Great natural hands in gauntlet. Didn't have a drop in 1st gauntlet. Nice hands on Slant. Smooth and easy catcher. He can turn back easily and snag the Out. He showed some great natural hands in pattern at Combine. Smooth adjustment to the deep one. He can make it look easy sometimes. 

Previously Released: Sutton has Demaryius Thomas like athleticism, but not his speed. "He doesn’t run any routes and he’s not polished," an exec said. "He makes plays but he looks lost in zone coverage. There just aren’t many big guys that move the way he moves. He’s a great kid, a little naïve, a real small-town type. If he can drop a little weight and learn to get through his mistakes, there’s something there." He also has great hands. He will also need to learn to run a real route tree like Thomas had to do coming out of Georgia Tech. "A lot of people look at me and think that I’m just a big receiver.

They assume that I’ll be slow and that I’ll lack the ability to be shifty," Sutton said. "I’m surrounded by a lot of elusive receivers here at SMU. A lot of the guys in my position room are these short, shifty guys. I sit there and learn from how they make people miss. I try to incorporate those things into my game." He will be a Combine Wonder, and get over drafted.

There are not a lot of guys with his size, speed, and hands. "He's better than your boy Alshon was in college," another scout said. "Cleaner as a prospect, too." But he will take a while to develop.His system didn't help in regards to the NFL. "[Sutton is] a big, physical kid with good fluidity, body control and hands," a scout said. "His top-end speed is the question, but he has a chance to be a No. 1 wide receiver." But once NFL coaches see his athleticism at the Combine?
They are going to freak out. "He's a lot more like [Laquon] Treadwell than a Mike Evans in terms of speed and how he separates," one scout said. "But he's also playing in an offense that's great for projecting receivers." But he is still more athlete than NFL WR.

Courtland Sutton Vs Houston:

Watch the quick burst back as he comes back to the QB (:01). Elite blend of size, quicks, burst and balance that leaves DBs on the ground in his wake (:14). Deceptive speed on the outside. I thought for sure he'd run a 4.4 at the Combine (:24). He follows his blockers well, and is great bursting off their blocks (:01). He looks faster with the ball in his hands than running deep patterns. Then he lowers the boom on any Safety foolish enough to try and stop him on the 3rd level.

Slot guy. He doesn't always seem interested in blocking for his teammates (:46). I love that inside out seam pattern (:54). He will skip to my lou off the line sometimes (1:03). I like how he comeback to the ball (1:11). Nice initial burst off the line, and gets up to speed fast. He gets down the seam fast, and breaks outside wide open. Explosive breaks in pattern to create separation (1:22). He has that knack for getting past DBs outside (1:33). He is more suddenness and burst than pure speed, but he gets open deep in patterns. 

He can also get physical in pattern, and use his elite size and strength to get open (1:41). Watch the feet and hands as the QB threw it too far out of bounds (2:00). He curled the Jerk-Route, but no one was covering him so it didn't matter (2:24). He made one guy miss with his elite quicks and explosion. Then ran by two more DBs to the 3rd level (2:33). He plays faster than he tested at the Combine.

He got open smooth with a simple curl inside (2:55). He will block for his teammates. That was a nice hit (3:07). He catches everything thrown to him, and has great quicks after the catch (3:18). He is a guy who could be a Patriot if he drops a little. McDaniels traded up to the 22nd pick to Draft Demaryius Thomas in 2010. Sutton has all of Thomas's size and athletic combo, and runs better patterns than Thomas did coming out of Georgia Tech.

Sutton Vs Houston:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3h-M2CT_QgE

Sutton's Official Bio:

Junior (2017): Started all 13 games... Was second on the team with 69 receptions for 1,085 yards and 12 receiving touchdowns (3rd at SMU)... Ranked eighth nationally in receiving TDs, 21st in receiving yards and 26th in receiving yards per game (83.5)... Caught four TDs against North Texas, tied for the most in a game at SMU… Finished his career in the top 15 among active leaders in receiving TDs (3rd), receiving yards (6th), receiving yards per game (7th), receiving yards per game (8th), receptions per game (12th) and receptions (15th)… Finished top-10 at SMU in career TDs (31, 2nd), career yards (3,220, 3rd) and career receptions (195, 6th)… RECORDS: Tied the SMU single-game record for single-game TDs with four against UNT… HONORS: SB Nation All-America Honorable Mention... All-American Athletic Conference selection... A first-team All-American (CFN, CBS Sports) and Second-Team All-American (AP, USA Today)... Named to the Biletnikoff Preseason Watch List... Named a preseason first-team All-American, All-AAC offensive and Top 30 AAC (No. 3) Player by College Football News... A second-team preseason All-American, All-AAC first team and Group of 5 wild card player by Athlon Sports... Selected No. 18 on SI College Football's Freaks List and No. 28 on its Top 100 Players of 2017 preseason list... Selected as the No. 11 player on Dave Campbell's Texas Football 50 Most Import College Football Players in Texas preseason list... No. 1 on College Football 24/7 Top Wide Receivers to Watch in 2017 list.

Sophomore (2016): Played and started in all 12 games at wide receiver…Became the first SMU receiver to garner first-team all-conference honors since current Dallas Cowboy Cole Beasley in 2011…Led the team in receptions (76), receiving yards (1,246) and receiving touchdowns (10)…Ranked in the top-20 in the nation in receiving yards per game (103.8 – 12th), receiving yards (1,246 – 19th) and receptions per game (6.3 – 20th)…Became just the ninth Mustang to register 1,000 yards in a season, finishing with 1,246, which ranks third at SMU…Ranked ninth in school history with 2,135 receiving yards and sixth at SMU with 19 receiving touchdowns…Currently holds both the freshman and sophomore single-season receiving yards record…HONORS: Named preseason first-team Athlon Sports American Athletic all-conference...Named to both the Biletnikoff Award and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award preaseason Watch Lists…Named to the 2016 First-Team All-American Athletic Conference… Named Earl Campbell Tyler Rose National Player of the Week (Nov. 22)…Named to The American Weekly Honor Roll three times (Sept. 5, Nov. 14 and Nov. 21)…SCHOOL RECORDS: Set the Mustangs sophomore record for receiving yards with 1,246, previously held by current Atlanta Falcon Aldrick Robinson…Set a single-game school record for receiving yards (252) on a career-high 13 receptions against USF.

2015-16 Basketball (Freshman): Joined the team on Jan. 28... Played in 3 games… Totaled 3 points & 2 rebounds in 4 min… GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Scored 3 points and had a rebound in his SMU basketball debut at USF 2/7.

Freshman (2015): Played and started in all 12 games at wide receiver... Had team highs in catches (49), yards (862) and touchdowns (9)... Recorded individual highs in catches (8), yards (165) and touchdowns (2) against Tulsa and also had two touchdowns against Baylor... Tallied three 100-yard games and was named to the AAC Honor Roll after totaling eight catches for 165 yards and two TDs against Tulsa…Threw two passes that went for a total of 75 yards... Was fourth on the team in scoring with 54 points... SCHOOL RECORDS: Set the SMU freshman record for receiving yards with 862, previously held by Ron Morris (688)... Tied current Denver Bronco Emmanuel Sanders for most receiving touchdowns by a freshman with nine…HONORS: Was named to USA Today Sports Freshman All-America team... Was named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List.

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