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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

NFL.com 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."
Source: NFL.com
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.
Source: NFL.com
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.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 15 - 5:56 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares SMU WR Trey Quinn to Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Adam Humphries.

"Give him choice routes to work with and he will set them up and knock them down all day. He's not going to be a good tester, but he's built like a running back and has better strength than most slots," an NFC scouting director told Zierlein. The ultra-productive Quinn gets positive marks for his ability to execute routes, and he has excellent hands while finding holes in the zone. Zierlein has concerns about the fact that he didn't have much success coming into 2017, and he faced weak competition this spring. He still gives Quinn a Day 3 grade, and he should be off the board by the end of the sixth-round.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 14 - 4:07 PM

SMU C Evan Brown notched 36 bench press reps and a 36-inch vertical leap during his late March pro day.

Brown (6'2/314) made up for the lack of a combine invitation with a rock-solid pro day performance. Both his bench press and particularly his vertical would have been among the best marks of any offensive line prospect in Indianapolis. Issues with his footwork and questions about his overall upside make him a fringe Day 3 prospect at best, but he's not without some allure as a priority UDFA candidate.
Apr 13 - 2:47 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 edge-rusher Justin Lawler is listed as one of the underrated players in the 2018 NFL Draft class by Pro Football Focus.

It's not a big surprise to see Lawler make this list, as the 6-foot-4, 265-pound defender hasn't drawn much draft attention despite being an analytical darling in the 2017 season. [Lawler's] lack of athleticism does show up on tape as he was unable to turn quick pressures into sacks," they write, "but when it comes down to it, winning blocks and at least creating pressure is more valuable than not winning at all." He currently projects as a late-round pick, but if he's remotely as productive at the NFL level as he was in 2017 (9 sacks, 12 QB hits, 36 pressures), he'll be one of -- if not the -- steals of the draft.
Apr 10 - 10:12 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.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 2 - 6:39 PM

SMU edge rusher Justin Lawler has visits scheduled with the Rams, Saints and Bucs.

Lawler was a non-Combine invite despite 31 pressures and six sacks last season. His motor is often cited as a strength. He's a day three prospect or possible priority free agent.
Apr 2 - 10:21 AM

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.
Source: NFL.com
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.
Source: NFL.com
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


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