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Draft Profile: SMU Star Receiver Courtland Sutton

SMU Star Wide Receiver Courtland Sutton

The Philadelphia Eagles approach draft weekend in a great position. No desperate needs at any position and in a spot to add the best player available. One of the Players that could be available at 32 is SMU star wide receiver, Courtland Sutton. This weekend the Eagles are set to meet with the SMU prospect in Philadelphia. While the team did sign Mike Wallace, to a one year deal the Eagles could still be looking to add a game-breaking talent. Standing at 6’4 having Sutton on the opposite side of Alshon Jeffery along with the other playmakers on offense would create matchup nightmares for opposing defenses.

Sutton, ADominant Force In The American Conference

Courtland Sutton arrived at SMU as a safety due to his size. The coaches decided to shift him to receiver because they saw the potential. In addition to starting out as safety, he also spent a season playing with the basketball team and played under Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown. While missing the majority of his freshman year in 2015 due to injury he would return with a vengeance. Sutton returned to lead SMU with 49 receptions, 862 yards, and nine touchdowns. Following a dominant junior season, the Dallas native chose to return for his senior season.

The decision further cemented his status as a first-round pick. Sutton hauled in 68 catches for 1085 yards and 12 touchdowns, ending his SMU career with 195 catches for 3220 yards and 31 touchdowns. In addition, Sutton holds the SMU school record for most receiving yards in a game with 252. At the NFL combine, Sutton continued to shine as one of the top receivers in attendance. He showcased 4.54 speed in the forty-yard-dash while also displaying a 35.5-inch vertical jump and a lengthy 124-inch broad jump. The Eagles pro scouts were present during SMU’s pro day and were able to get a closer look to evaluate his potential.

 

Is Sutton, Alshon 2.0?

If the Eagles end up selecting Sutton it would be great for the future. With Mike Wallace on a one year deal and Nelson Agholor set to enter into a contract year, the team could be looking ahead for their next man up. Sutton has drawn comparisons to Alshon Jeffery and would provide the Eagles with another tall physical impact player. Furthermore, he would join a great group of receivers that he could learn from and wouldn’t have to contribute right away. The Eagles will certainly have a nice variety of choices when they go on the clock at pick number 32.

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Andre Johnson

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