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Courtland Sutton | Wide Receiver

Team: Southern Methodist Mustangs
Age / DOB:  (23) / 10/10/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 216

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Broncos selected SMU WR Courtland Sutton with the No. 40 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.
Sutton (6’3/218) started all three years for the Mustangs, compiling a career 195/3,220/16.5/31 receiving line and dabbling as a basketball forward at SMU. Sutton is an old-school possession receiver with 4.54 speed who won in the run-after-catch and contested-catch games in college but didn’t consistently separate from American Athletic Conference DBs. (Sutton’s tape shows SMU’s poor QB play was at least partly to blame.) A 93rd-percentile SPARQ athlete, Sutton ultimately profiles in the Muhsin Muhammad-Alshon Jeffery range with some traditional "No. 1 receiver" traits. The Cowboys were linked to Sutton, but he has a chance to shine with the Broncos if all of the pieces align. Apr 27 - 7:42 PM

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Scout Inc's Steve Muench projects the Colts to take Courtland Sutton with the 49th pick in his second-round mock draft.

There were some reports on Friday that the Cowboys plan on selecting Sutton with their second-round pick. In order to do so, they might have to trade ahead of the Colts, who have an obvious need for a second wide receiver to pair with T.Y. Hilton. "While he doesn't separate well, Sutton has good speed for his size, a wide catching radius and the frame to box out defenders," Muench writes. On paper, this one makes a whole lot of sense.
Source: ESPN
Apr 27 - 6:15 PM

Yahoo Sports' Jordan Shultz reports the Dallas Cowboys "plan to select" SMU WR Courtland Sutton today.

The Cowboys have been long rumored to draft Sutton as the replacement for Dez Bryant. They hold the No. 50 overall pick and could potentially be forced to trade up to select him with the Colts and Cardinals both in the market for wide receivers. The Colts have three picks (36, 37, 49) before the Cowboys next selection and have a good chance of taking him before the Cowboys even get a chance to trade up. Despite the Cowboys blatant and well-known interest for Sutton, it isn't a sure-fire thing he lands there.
Apr 27 - 2:59 PM

An anonymous NFL scout compared SMU WR Courtland Sutton to Tennessee Titans Corey Davis and Los Angeles Chargers Mike Williams.

This could be viewed in a positive light as both players were drafted early in the first round, but the scout continued his comparison by saying Sutton's a "Big, physical guy still learning the position." He also believes Sutton's ceiling is a "solid No.2" in an offense. Other scouts cited concerns about his route-running and toughness. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom is bullish on Sutton and has him as the No. 1 overall wide receiver and 22nd overall player in his Top-400 Big Board. Sutton will likely be selected anywhere from the end of Day 1 to the beginning of Day 2.
Apr 22 - 4:26 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that the Dallas Cowboys do not consider SMU WR Courtland Sutton to be a first-round talent.

That sound you hear is a million mock drafts dying at the same time. The Cowboys and Sutton were viewed as realistic dance partners the minute the team released Dez Bryant earlier this month, as the 6-foot-3, 218-pound SMU standout offers a similar big-bodied, physical game. It's possible that the assumption that Dallas was looking for a clone of Bryant was a touch off to begin with, though Pauline does hear that they would like the wideout at a second-round price if they don't select a receiver with the No. 19 selection. We would augment all this action by noting that the Cowboys did bring Sutton in for an official predraft visit on Wednesday, the last day prospects could be hosted for such trips.
Apr 20 - 1:11 PM

SMU WR Courtland Sutton is taking an official predraft visit to the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday.

Tip of the cap to Rotoworld's Josh Norris, here. As soon as the Cowboys opted to release Dez Bryant, draft pundits and fans the world 'round fell over themselves to project Sutton as a future pass-catcher for Dak Prescott. It's a logical enough fit, at least assuming that Dallas would like a similarly-bodied wideout. Dez measures 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, while Sutton has checked out at 6-foot-3, 218 pounds this spring. Adding fuel to this speculation fire, the Cowboys were showing interest in Sutton even before they parted ways with the combative Bryant, with HC Jason Garrett and WR coach Sanjay Lal putting him through his drill paces during his late March pro day. The SMU standout is in play to be the first receiver drafted next week. For reference's sake, the Cowboys own the No. 19 overall pick for Day 1.
Apr 18 - 5:02 PM Draft Analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes that SMU WR Courtland Sutton could be the first wide receiver taken in the draft.

That's not a big surprise to us, as our Thor Nystrom has Sutton listed as the top wide receiver in the class. Jeremiah reports that teams have become "enamored" with his size (6'3/218) and ball skills. "Teams have enjoyed visiting with him throughout the evaluation process," Jeremiah writes. "It wouldn't shock me if he ended up being the first wide receiver off the board."
Apr 16 - 7:23 PM

SMU WR Courtland Sutton had an official predraft visit with the Philadelphia Eagles last week and a private workout with the Chicago Bears over the weekend.

Sutton (6'3/218) has seen interest from the Eagles previously, as they also met with him during his pro day near the end of March. While some players have packed their schedule with predraft trips, not so with the SMU standout -- his official visit to Philadelphia last week was his first such journey of the spring. Sutton admitted that "[i]t's been pretty quiet" and said that he wasn't sure if anything else would come up on his schedule now that the draft is rapidly approaching. The big wideout is vying with Calvin Ridley and D.J. Moore for the right to be the first receiver drafted next week.
Apr 16 - 12:25 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein believes SMU WR Courtland Sutton is "the most natural fit" to replace WR Dez Bryant.

Zeirlein has Alabama WR Calvin Ridley ranked ahead of Sutton, but believes Sutton is more similar to Bryant. He says the SMU product is "in the same vein as Bryant from a physical standpoint. He has prototypical WR1 size (6-3, 218). Although he lacks plus speed or separation quickness, he's extremely physical and has the ability to make contested catches on a consistent basis." In addition to Zeirleins' opinion, he recently reported that Sutton could be drafted before Ridley. Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett was also in attendance at Sutton's pro day. The Cowboys are extremely likely to address the wide receiver position early the draft and Sutton would make a lot of sense at pick No. 19.
Apr 15 - 5:56 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein took to Twitter to note that he's beginning to hear from NFL sources that SMU WR Courtland Sutton could be drafted before Alabama WR Calvin Ridley.

Ridley has been widely viewed as the No. 1 receiver in this class for much of the evaluating season, but whether he can hold that perceived pole position should probably be considered an open question at this point. The 6-foot-3, 218-pound Sutton has the clear size advantage over Ridley and did more than enough in testing to reassure that he has the foot speed for the pros. This is all probably music to the ears of Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom, who has been driving the Sutton bandwagon throughout the winter and spring.
Apr 13 - 1:47 PM

SMU WR Courtland Sutton said that he was thrilled to work with Dallas Cowboys HC Jason Garrett and WR coach Sanjay Lal during his pro day position drills.

"I had a script of the routes I wanted to run," Sutton said, "but coach Sanjay and coach Garrett wanted to see me run certain routes, too. If it didn't look right, I'd go back and run it again and try to perfect it." The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder noted that one aspect of his game he has been working on this offseason comes in his conditioning, as he had heard that some coaches try to gas players out on pro day. While drills were run in an up-tempo mode, it wasn't ultimately a huge issue for Sutton, who felt comfortable throughout. As for his performance in drills themselves, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passed along last week that Sutton "looked terrific" and came across as very coachable, an aspect of his personality that you can readily see in his brightness and verve regarding the experience working with Garrett and Lal. In addition to Dallas, the Eagles, Saints and Ravens were among the teams who sent representatives to Thursday's pro day.
Apr 2 - 6:39 PM

Per Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, SMU WR Courtland Sutton "looked terrific" during Thursday's pro day drills.

"[Sutton] caught the ball very well and ran solid routes. He was also commended as coachable by teams in attendance," Pauline writes. The Dallas Cowboys put the 6-foot-3, 218-pounder through his paces in drills. In addition to the Cowboys, the Eagles, Saints and Ravens were all among the teams who sent reps to the SMU pro day. Pauline relays that Sutton met with the Titans "at length" following his workout. The wideout is arguably the top player at his position in this draft class and has done exactly what he's needed to do during the evaluating season to hold steady as a potential first-round selection for April's big show.
Mar 29 - 6:36 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints will hold sit-down interviews with SMU WR Courtland Sutton in advance of Thursday's pro day.

While receiver is an area of need for both the Eagles and Saints, it's no sure thing that Sutton will be available for either squad without a trade. New Orleans will not be selecting until No. 27, while the defending champs are working with the No. 32 pick. There were questions about the 6-foot-3, 218-pounder's overall athleticism -- particularly his top-end speed -- entering the NFL Scouting Combine, but he mostly answered those in testing, posting a composite athletic score in the 79th percentile of NFL receivers. Rotoworld's Josh Norris sees Sutton as the second-best wideout in this draft, ranking him just one spot behind Calvin Ridley on his big board, with Norris colleague Thor Nystrom flipping that order on his own positional rankings board. Sutton has been training with former NFL WR Anquan Boldin (who overcame speed questions of his own to put together a 14-year NFL career) in the leadup to the draft.
Mar 27 - 5:29 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares SMU WR Courtland Sutton to former Panthers and Bears WR Muhsin Muhammad.

For those of you too young to remember Muhammad, he was one of the better possession wide receivers in the earlier part of the century. Zierlein has concerns about "play speed" and inconsistent ball skills, but notes that he his frame (6'3/218) and body positioning will make corners work. Sutton remains one of the most divisive prospects in the class at the wideout position, but he should be off the board late in the first round or early on Day 2.
Mar 26 - 1:43 PM

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller believes that SMU WR Courtland Sutton has the most potential of any wide receiver in the 2018 class.

Miller ranks Sutton second among the wideouts behind Alabama's Calvin Ridley, and 32nd overall on his post-combine board. The 6-foot-3, 218-pound receiver impressed everyone in Indianapolis, showing speed and quickness during testing and performing well in the on-field drills. Ridley is likely the first player at the position to get drafted, but after his poor testing and Sutton's showing, there's at least a chance that Sutton becomes the first receiver off the board.
Mar 12 - 12:54 PM