Josh Doctson Scouting Report

NCAA Football: Texas at Texas Christian

Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

 

 

Josh Doctson                               WR            TCU

6-3         195

A broken wrist cut short his senior season, yet he was still able to catch 79 passes for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns. He finished his career at TCU with 215 receptions for 3,178 yards and 34 touchdowns.

At around 6’3″ he has a tall, lean, and athletic frame. He shows the ability to get off the line of scrimmage and utilize subtle moves to get to where he wants to go. He is able to manipulate defenders and utilizes his hands to get off of press coverage and get the desired release. He also uses his feet to quickly change directions and set up defenders.  For example, against outside leverage press coverage he can make a sudden move inside, the defender takes a step inside and then he slaps the arms of the defender down and breaks back outside. Once into his route he shows the ability to quickly make breaks and deceive defenders again. He pumps his arms and then can make sharp breaks to create separation and often times turning defenders around and leaving them out of position.

Against zone coverage where defenders are often times bailing, he is able to patiently set up his route. He is able to finds the soft spot in the zone and is very adept of anticipating where the linebackers will be dropping and clearing past them and getting to the soft spot of the defense. Also, he is able to take advantage of the area between the corner back and the safety as he can exploit that area of the field as well.

When the ball is in the air and contested is where Doctson’s greatest strengths are found. He has a great knack for finding the ball in the air, being in good position, and adjusting to it at it’s highest point and utilizing his consistent hands to make the catch, secure it to his body, and maintain  possession through a hit or ground contact.

He shows great awareness and body control as he works sideline routes. He is able to catch the ball outside of his frame, get possession,and get his feet in bounds.

After the catch he routinely tries to get north-south and gain positive yards. He can try to shake a defender with a juke move or a head and shoulders fake as well. He consistently secures the ball in the appropriate hand and takes care of the football. He is not afraid to lower his pad level and shoulder to gain a few extra yards.

At times he gives good effort as a blocker on the edge. He flashes the ability to breakdown an opponent, deliver a quick hand punch, and lock in maintain the block. At times though he is too high and is unable to sustain the block.

He demonstrates skills of a good all around receiver. He has several areas he can improve in:

  • overall consistency and effort as a blocker
  • the occasional easy drop due to lack of concentration
  • being more precise with his routes, at times will round routes and get too deep in a route, or sail a bit after his break
  • plays after the catch

Injury Concern: Missed the last part of the season with a broken wrist.

Draft Outlook 

Josh Doctson was an extremely productive college receiver who has many skills that will translate well to the NFL level. His ability to manipulate defenders with subtle breaks and moves, ball skills, awareness, and catch radius, will make  him an early round selection. Although not a burner, he has enough speed to create separation and be a vertical threat.

Fantasy Outlook

Josh Doctson will be in the first tier of receivers drafted. He is a player who could be  a solid contributor as a rookie. However, historically like most rookie wide receivers, it will take some time until he puts up the numbers he is capable of. He is definitely a worthy selection in  your fantasy league and a  very early  selection in your dynasty rookie draft.

 

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