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.
Courtland Sutton – you CANNOT defend this. Size, big catch radius, huge mismatch in the redzone.
His overall speed & route-running looked much-improved this past season, he moves really well for his size (6-4 | 215 lbs). Reminds me of Alshon Jeffery. Think he could go late Rd 1 pic.twitter.com/Zbh5zSb6uM
— Cathal Keane (@iamcathal) February 17, 2018
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.
Meet #SMU WR Courtland Sutton (6'4", 218)…
– 2017 Biletnikoff Award Watch List
– 2x 1st Team All-AAC ('17 & '16)
– 2015 USA Today Freshman All-American
– Career Stats: 195 Receptions, 3,220 Yards, 32 TD
40: 4.54, Vert: 35.5", Broad: 10'4", 3-Cone: 6.57, Shuttle: 4.11 pic.twitter.com/0E23CAbsfV
— Steve Frederick (@SportsGuyTweets) March 22, 2018
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.
Here's every touchdown by Courtland Sutton from the 2016 and 2017 seasons (23 in total). Big, strong dude. pic.twitter.com/b7T4kBvgKA
— James Simpson (@JS_Football) February 28, 2018
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