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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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.