A three-star recruit out of Texas, Doctson began his collegiate
career in 2011 at Wyoming, where he spent only one year before returning
home, in part to be closer to his family after his grandfather was
diagnosed with a brain tumor. In a slight twist of irony, TCU's
school-record holder in receiving yards (2,785) and touchdown catches
(29) scored his first college touchdown against the Horned Frogs
- against future San Diego Chargers first-round CB Jason Verrett,
no less - midway through his lone season in Laramie. Doctson sat
out due to transfer rules in 2012 and, even as the TCU offense struggled
to find an identity (splitting snaps between Casey Pachall and Trevone
Boykin at quarterback the following year, the emerging sophomore
led the team in catches (36) and receiving yards (440) during the
school's only losing season under coach Gary Patterson.
Sonny Cumbie and Doug Meacham were named co-offensive coordinators
the following year (2014) and Boykin, now the clear starter at
quarterback, began making Doctson his go-to receiver. Doctson's
coming-of-age game came in a rout of Oklahoma State in mid-October
with 225 yards receiving - one shy of the school record at the
time - and two touchdowns, showing off his big-play ability with
77 and 84-yards scores in the first quarter of that contest. He
finished 2014 with 65 catches while setting single-season school
marks with 1,018 yards and 11 touchdowns. He continued his assault
on the TCU record books as a senior, posting six straight games
of at least 129 yards receiving AND two touchdowns during the
middle of the 2015 season. The highlight was an 18-catch, 267-yard,
three-score performance in a wild 55-52 win over Texas Tech. His
season came to an unfortunate end in mid-November due to a broken
wrist, which sidelined him for three full games and most of a
fourth. Despite missing nearly a third of the season, Doctson
bested his previous single-season school records with 1,327 yards
and 14 touchdowns while grabbing the one other notable receiving
mark he just missed out on the previous year (79 catches).
Best Scheme Fit: Universal. Possesses
the body control and explosion to be a consistent deep threat
in the NFL as well as the strong hands and intelligence to move
the chains in the short and intermediate passing game.
Displays exceptional ball skills on downfield throws, using
the combination of strong hands and incredible explosion (excellent
vertical and broad jump numbers) to win the majority of high-point
Understands the concept of giving his quarterback some space
to "drop the ball in the bucket" along the sideline on deep
throws, shows a strong desire to track down overthrown balls
and the field awareness to get his feet down inbounds on such
Made a living inside the hashes (especially slants) and uses
his body well to shield defender; possesses a large strike zone
and consistently makes plays on poorly-thrown balls.
Works his way back to the quarterback when he is under pressure
and resourceful enough to bait defender into a pass interference
call on an underthrown ball.
Possesses a good feel for coverage, easily finds pockets with
zone coverage and does a fine job of squaring himself to the
quarterback in those situations.
Not an overpowering blocker by any means but very willing
and capable of neutralizing his man in the running game.
Model citizen off the field and possesses the necessary work
ethic in order to become a team leader in short order.
Needs additional upper-body strength in order to improve his
ability to deal with physical coverage and protect himself from
injury in the NFL.
Isn't particular quick, doesn't break a lot of tackles and
does not show much power in the open field despite possessing
elite "explosion numbers".
College spread offense didn't ask him to run a lot of pro
routes, so he requires more polish and development as a route-runner;
creates late separation down the field with body lean and sneaky
hand usage, but tends to round off out-breaking routes.
Needs to come off the line of scrimmage every play like he
is the featured receiver; did not fire off the line of scrimmage
Occasionally did not look for the football on quick-hitting
plays that appeared to be designed to get the ball into his
hands and suffered some focus drops, although his 2015 drop
percentage (4.6 percent) and career drop percentage (3.6) are
more than acceptable.
Doctson has been characterized as the one receiver in this draft
that has a chance to become a No. 1 receiver. While I'm not quite
willing to go that far in terms of a making a blanket statement
about the rest of this class, the Wyoming transfer is the most
complete prospect of the four top prospects at the position that
I will be writing profiles for prior to the draft. The most encouraging
thing about Doctson is there is plenty of room for growth in his
game, and it is easy to project him reaching that potential because
there aren't any questions about his character or work ethic.
Like Robinson, he doesn't blow by his defender on the deep ball
or jump off the tape with blazing speed, he just always seems
to come down with the ball.
At worst, I believe Doctson will be among the best No. 2 receivers
in the NFL after he adds some muscle to his frame and develops
more polish as a route-runner. His ceiling is one that rivals
Robinson's; he will create big plays and be a force in the red
zone simply because he is a savvy and trustworthy player that
can "play above the rim" more often than most cornerbacks.
Where he falls short of Robinson is after the catch; the Jacksonville
Jaguars' emerging star is simply stronger at this point of his
career and, thus, will break more tackles after making the catch
on short and intermediate routes. That is hardly an unforgivable
sin, however, and something Doctson can improve upon when he makes
football his full-time job. While he isn't quite the same kind
of receiver prospect that has headlined the first round of the
NFL Draft over the previous two springs, Doctson is more than
worthy of being a first-round pick and, in my opinion, the one
that is most likely to give defensive coordinators fits for the
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