2. Courtland Sutton, SMU
Career Statistics: 195 catches for 3,220 yards and 31 touchdowns, one rushing score.
Why Courtland Sutton Is Here On The List: Watch out for Sutton to be put on a lot of boom-or-bust lists, but he’s going to be more boom.
In a draft full of smallish, quick receivers up top – at least among the prospects likely going in the top 50 – here’s the guy who looks the part. The 6-4, 220-pounder has the right combination of size, speed, hands and athleticism.
Very dangerous deep, very good at going up and getting the ball, and tough when he’s without the ball, he can do a little of everything. He’ll hit guys to give the ground game a boost, and he’ll battle for the ball when he’s getting pushed around.
The best part is that he seems like he’s just scratching the surface. Once he becomes NFL-sharp as a route runner, he could blossom into a special No. 1 target.
What The NFL Types Want To See: How quick is he? As long as the 40 time isn’t miserable, everything will be fine when it comes to the speed box being checked, but does he have any wiggle? How smooth does he look in the short drills? He’ll crush the interviews, and he could rise up as a must-have late-first rounder with an amazing workout.
Bottom Line: While he might not quite turn out to be the blazing deep threat like the elite big NFL receivers, but he does everything else just fine. He’ll have a long career as a part of a good receiving corps, but he might not be drafted as a main man unless he puts up a brilliant 40 time during the pre-draft workout process.