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.

 

Cody Kessler Scouting Report

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Cody Kessler                           USC            Quarterback

HT   6-1         Weight 215

A highly touted quarterback prospect from Centennial High School in Bakersfield, California. He was an early enrollee at USC and saw game action as a holder as a red-shirt freshman. He is a three year starter and has amassed over 10,000 passing yards during his career.

Mechanics.Has a quick release and is able to reset and deliver the ball.

Pocket presence Shows the ability to step up in the  pocket or slide to buy time, able to use legs to extend play.  Does not seem aware at times of pressure or blitzes.

Decision Making At times stares down receiver and benefited from a lot of one read type plays and many screens, check downs and short passes. Can be very decisive and locate the open man. Shows good poise in the face of pressure and attempts to make positive yardage plays out of potential sacks. Makes sound decisions with the football and man times takes what the defense gives him.

Mobility He has the ability to extend plays at times, but lacks the ability to make plays with his legs. Very adept at using a side step move to elude defenders in the backfield and keep the play alive.

Arm Strength Does not put a ton of zip on the ball consistently,. Struggles to drive the ball into tight areas on intermediate and deep type throws. Can get the ball downfield but relies more on timing and touch than arm strength. NFL defenders will close on those routes and make a play on the ball.This is why he could struggle to make intermediate and deep throws in the NFL.

Accuracy Very adept at making short to intermediate throws. Shows good touch,anticipation, and timing on short to intermediate throws. Struggles with the deep ball at times.

Projection As a pro prospect he doesn’t have nearly the upside of many other qb’s in his draft class. He could be selected in the middle rounds of the NFL draft and develop as a backup and eventual spot starter.

Fantasy Outlook Cody Kessler was a tremendously productive college quarterback. His game doesn’t seem like it will translate all that well to the NFL style of play. He could develop down the road into a spot starter type player, but currently probably doesn’t deserve a lot of fantasy attention unless you are in a deep dynasty type league.

Connor Cook Scouting Report

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Connor Cook                          Michigan St                  Quarterback

HT  6-4          Weight 220

Mechanics Throws over the top. Shows the ability to plant his foot and drive the ball downfield. At times throws flatfooted and falls off of his back foot a bit.

Pocket presence Shows the ability to hang in the pocket and survey the field.  Works through progressions and isn’t afraid to take a hit and deliver the ball downfield. Doesn’t always step up in the pocket.  At times will drop eyes when pressured.Can use his legs to escape and buy some time, however doesn’t always feel the pressure coming.

Decision Making Shows the ability to take advantage of open spots on zone coverage and use pre-snap reads to deliver the ball decisively after he snap.  At times tries to force the ball into coverage or makes questionable decision s with the football,such as throwing late over the middle. At times stares down receivers and allows the defense the chance to jump the route or make a play on the ball.

Mobility Not a burner, shows the ability to roll-out and sprint to the edges to buy time to deliver the ball downfield. Isn’t going to win a track meet, does have some functional mobility to buy himself a split second more to make  a play with his arm.

Arm Strength Has enough of an arm to make all of the NFL throws. Can stretch the field vertically and fit the ball into tight windows on intermediate routes as well. Ball at times seems to wobble  a bit, doesn’t always have a tight spiral. Still able to zip ball into tight windows on short to intermediate routes.

Accuracy At times is erratic and ball tends to sail on throws especially those towards the sidelines. He can deliver accurate passes in stride with receivers. Flashes the ability to throw the ball on the move with accuracy, other times ball is low or behind receivers especially while under pressure.

Production a 3 year starter who has amassed almost 9000 yards in the air and over 70 touchdowns during his  highly decorated career with the Spartans. Has led Michigan State to 34 wins and just 4 losses as a starter.

Projection Connor Cook is pocket passing quarterback prospect. He shows enough mobility to roll and sprint out and with time deliver and accurate ball downfield. He displays enough arm strength to make NFL throws. Accuracy , especially under pressure has been inconsistent. Lower body mechanics such as falling off  to the side  as he throws and standing flat footed are partially to blame. His decision making is questionable at times and he doesn’t always correctly read linebacker coverage underneath. He is a second round type prospect who doesn’t appear to have a particularly high ceiling. With continued development he could become a solid starter in the league.

Fantasy Outlook Connor Cook will earn his points thru the air. He will get drafted high enough that he will be groomed to be a starter within the next few years. He probably won’t be much of a fantasy contributor as a rookie, but is a player to keep an eye on and to draft in dynasty type leagues.

Kevin White Scouting Report

Kevin White 6-3 210 Sr Wr West Virginia

He began his college career at Lackawanna Jr College. After two seasons he transferred to West Virginia. He had a breakout season as a senior for the Mountaineers ,catching over a hundred passes for over 1300 yards.

He has a tall,lean, athletic frame. He shows the ability to get off the line of scrimmage quickly. He can get off close and press coverage and has tremendous short area quickness. He can make quick moves after release and accelerate to top speed extremely quickly ,and blow by defenders. He can also use his short area quickness to set up the defender and gain seperation. He does a great job of selling the vertical route and then changing directions and making the comeback, dig, and out routes look easy. He is a very smooth athlete and route runner.

On deep passes he shows the ability to locate the ball, adjust, take some contact, and get the ball at it’s highest point. He shows very good body control and is able to make a play after the catch as well.

On short to intermediate routes he shows the ability to make the catch, slip a tackle, turn upfield, accelerate quickly and gain yards after the catch.

As a blocker he shows good effort and the ability to break down a defender, use his hands and proper technique and sustain the block on the edge to open up lanes.

Kevin White had a huge breakout season this year. He should destroy the combine in height, weight, speed, and agility drills. He has tremendous athleticism and potential. He is an all around wideout who not only stretches the field vertically, but can pick up chunks of yardage on short to intermediate routes and gain yards after the catch. He has the occasional dropped pass, but overall uses his hands to snatch the ball out of the air and make moves up field in stride. He is a big time prospect and should be one of the first wide receivers off the board.

Justin Hardy Scouting Report

Justin Hardy 6-1 188 Sr Wr East Carolina

He has had a highly productive career with the Pirates. He has topped the 1000 yard recovering mark each oft he last 3 seasons. He has caught over 100 passes each of the last 2 seasons as well.

He has a lean athletic frame. He shows the ability to got off the line and create separation on short to intermediate routes with his short area quickness. At times he rounds off routes a bit. He is able to make quick cuts and create separation in and out of his routes. He is able to find the soft spots in zone coverage as well. After the catch he is a threat to make a defender miss and gain yardage after the catch. He has very good acceleration and reaches top speed quickly. He can stretch the field as well, but doesn’t always get a lot of separation deep, he relies more on his ball skills and body control at times when stretching the field.

He has pretty reliable hands overall. He uses his hands to reach out and snag the ball out of the air no matter where it is thrown. He does a good job of coming back to the ball and shielding the defender with his body to make the play. He did drop a few routine type passes, but overall was very consistant.

He has tremendous ball skills. He has the ability to locate , adjust, and reel in the pass. He is able to do this with a defender draped al over him as well. He does not shy away from contact. He can adjust to balls outside of his frame and has a wide catch radius.

He is a good blocker for his position. He is a willing blocker on the edges and shows the abilit to block downfield and open up lanes. Needs to be a little more consistent with his blocking techniques.

He may not have the fastest 40 time Around, but his short area quickness and acceleration are very good. He is not afraid of going over the middle or making contact and shows good versatility as well. He is not going to post the fastest combine 40 time , but should perform very well At the Senior Bowl. Overall, he is a very good receiver prospect. He should come off the board somewhere in the 3rd round.

Devante Parker Scouting Report

Devante Parker 6-3 210 Sr Wr Louisville
He missed the first 7 games of the season with a broken bone in his foot. In 5 games this season he caught 35 passes for 735 yards and 5 touchdowns.

He has a tall, lean, athletic frame. He could still fill out a little bit in the future.
He has the ability to get off of press coverage. He can get inside or outside release at will.He gets off the line quickly and has quick feet. He is a quick and sudden route runner who can create separation . He shows the ability to attack all areas of the field. He can catch a slant, break a tackle and make a big play after the catch. He can also stretch the defense vertically.

He demonstrates tremendous ball skills and awareness. He is able to locate a ball in the air, use his frame to shield a defender, go up high point the ball, and secure the catch to the ground. He has a tremendous catch radius due to his height and long arms.

He can accelerate quickly and run away from defenders. He is also not afraid to go over the middle and take a hit while still maintaining possession. One area he needs to improve on is blocking on the edge. He flashes the ability to use his hands and lock in on the defender, however he needs to be more consistent and show more effort in this area.

He did break a bone in his foot this summer, but has played great since his return. He is a versatile ,big ,playmaking receiver. His ball skills and awareness are top notch. He has room to add muscle to his frame and has a tremendous amount of potential as well.

David Cobb Scouting Report

David Cobb 5-11 230 Sr. Rb Minnesota
He followed up a 1200 yard rushing performance as a junior with over 1500 yards on the ground this season. He has also caught 29 passes over the last two years for the Golden Gophers. A workhorse type back who has over 500 carries combined the last 2 seasons.

+powerful thick frame
+rarely stopped for negative yardage
+pretty good vision to find the hole and get through it
+consistently picks up chunks of yardage and moves the chains
+rarely goes down after first contact as he bounces off tackles and slips arm tackles
+legs keep churning and very good overall effort
+accelerates pretty quickly
+ can pick up tough yardage inside the tackles
+shows the ability to make a defender miss
+can make an impact as a receiver out of the backfield, does need to be more consistent and not let ball into body at times
+turns upfield in stride immediately after catch
+has solid feet and can make subtle moves in space
Overall average speed
At times tries to dance to the edge and is unable to turn the corner or beat a defender in space
Needs some refinement in pass protection, but could develop these skills at the next level given his frame an d strength

David Cobb is a workhorse type back. What he lacks in a home run gear and overall speed he makes up for with his powerful running style and overall skill set. He is going to gain yards after first contact and consistently pick up solid chunks of yardage. He works north south and has pretty good acceleration. He also has potential with catching the ball. Not the flashiest rb in the draft, but in the right system a very good one. He projects to be an early day 3 type pick somewhere in the 4th round.