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TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson could be perfect solution to Redskins’ need

Apr 7, 2016, 9:09 AM EDT


Redskins draft countdown

The NFL draft is 21 days away and there is plenty of speculation as to what players Scot McCloughan will select to wear the burgundy and gold. Between now and the draft we’ll look at some of the players who might be of interest to the Redskins and discuss how he might fit in Washington.

Josh Doctson
Wide receiver

Height: 6-2
Weight: 202
40-yard dash: 4.50

Projected draft round: 1-2


What they’re saying

All of Doctson’s experience came in a spread offense that didn’t ask him to run a full route tree, but he shows outstanding effort on throws in his zip code, expanding his catch radius, contorting his body and finding ways to finish catches – bailed out quarterback Trevone Boykin on a number of errant passes on film.

Doctson lacks polish in areas, but has the resilient mentality and on-field skill-set to contribute early and settle into a No. 2 receiver role, drawing similarities to Jordan Matthews when he entered the league out of Vanderbilt.

Dane Brugler, CBS Sports

How he fits the Redskins: The Cowboys have Dez, OBJ plays for the Giants, the Eagles have Jordan Matthews. If the Redskins are going to keep up in the division they need a tall wide receiver who can go up and come down with contested catches. The speedy DeSean Jackson is in the last year of his contract and the physical Pierre Garçon is, too. The Redskins need to have replacements ready for the possibility (probability?) that one (both?) of them moves on.

You could go on the web and produce a dozen or so GIFs like this one, with Doctson going up and getting a contested ball.


If you look at the “spider web” representation of his combine numbers here, you can see the impressive performances in the broad jump and vertical jump, which were predictable after watching him play. But also he shows he has good agility in the shuttle and 3-cone drills, areas where you expect a smaller receiver to excel. To be this quick and agile at his height is impressive.

He has solid football character according to all reports, something much more important to Scot McCloughan as the shuttles and jumping measurements.

Potential issues: Doctson is on the slender side and some are concerned about his ability to get off the line against press coverage. The team that drafts him will want him to add some strength without hampering his speed and jumping ability.

As noted in Brugler’s comment above, Doctson ran a very simple route tree in TCU’s spread offense. There is no reason to think he can’t learn but you don’t know until he does it.

He suffered a broken wrist that ended his senior season early and that will have to pass medical scrutiny.

Bottom line: If we are to believe the mock drafts coming out of the best-known analysts on the web, there is about a 50-50 chance that Doctson will be on the board when the Redskins’ pick comes up. About half of them have him being picked somewhere in the teens, in others he goes in the mid-twenties. His sweet spot could be at No. 21, where the Redskins pick.

Certainly, the Redskins need help on defense and a lineman is widely expected to be their top pick. But wide receiver is also a big need and they could wait until the second round to go D-line and grab someone like Doctson in the first.

In his own words

On how he developed his ability to get jump balls:

What helped me the most I think was playing basketball out of high school. Ally hoops helped me with timing of jumping, and catching the ball. And then finding the rim definitely took a lot of hand-eye coordination. That helped correlate over very well for me. Timing in football . . . knowing when to time my jump to where I could get the best catch…naturally my body knows when to jump.

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  1. Trey Gregory - Apr 7, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    I personally think you’re selling him short saying he’s only a #2. Unless you meant #2 as a rookie then, eventually, could be a #1.

    I would be happy if we got him either way. I would much prefer DL in the first but I’ll be happy if we get out WR of the future.

  2. abanig - Apr 7, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    I’d take him over Treadwell, better catch radius, more speed, more size and he can play special as he develops in his rookie season.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 7, 2016 at 9:51 AM


    • sidepull - Apr 7, 2016 at 11:32 AM

      Ditto. If they go WR but I dont think he will be there. Hes really a nice pick up that has a lot of upside.

  3. warpath1 - Apr 7, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    having all these great targets to throw too wont mean much if Cousins doest have time to throw

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 7, 2016 at 1:24 PM

      So, in other words, if they return the same OL they had las year, when they were 5th in the NFL in sack percentage, they’ll be just fine?

      • warpath1 - Apr 7, 2016 at 5:12 PM

        I worry about the g-men new d-line. Also, Im sure that the rest of the league has figured out that, unless we block better, then dont have to worry about us running and will t-off on pass rush. I dont think the same line will do as well

        • bangkokben - Apr 7, 2016 at 6:24 PM

          It’s a young line, there is little reason to not expect growth in pass blocking. Same goes for the quarterback. He should improve with his knowledge of the offense and how the defense will attack it.

  4. smotion55 - Apr 7, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    There is no way in hell he will be there in the 3rd round and most likely gone before the 2nd round starts. If he were there in the 2nd for us somebody would offer us a couple of picks, he would be a steal.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 7, 2016 at 1:45 PM

      Rich is saying maybe use our pick at 21, i.e. our first rounder. I agree that the top of the 2nd round is about as low as Doctson will come off the board.

      The “projected draft round: 3-4” is a quote from somewhere earlier in the off-season., I’m guessing.

      • Rich Tandler - Apr 7, 2016 at 4:21 PM

        Actually, rounds 3-4 was a typo. About to fix it. He’s 1-2.

  5. hail74 - Apr 7, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Great talent tho I do wonder about his ability to create separation. He’ll catch anything around him however.

  6. renhoekk2 - Apr 7, 2016 at 1:51 PM

    I would be happy if he was available at 53, never mind 3rd or 4th rd. We need another player that can get yardage in chunks. Especially if DJax is walking at season’s end. Too many 15 play drives. That is OK because the defense is terrible and it keeps them off the field, but it’s a tough way to win games every week. You need to be able to score on 5 or 6 plays drives once in a while. That’s why I’d also like to see them add a RB that can break a tackle and go 70yds too.

  7. kenlinkins - Apr 7, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    IMO, The only real first round talent at WR I see is Treadwell. Drafting any other WR in the first round would be a mistake for the Redskins. They should take a little more risk and wait until the 2nd round and look at Thomas from Ohio State or Maybe even Braxton Miller later in the draft. (yes, I live in Columbus Ohio, why do you ask?). Both require work but IMO both have good up side and the Redskins are looking more at 2017 for any drafted WR to be ready to start. While neither will become a true number one WR, IMO the Redskins will look to keep either Garcon or Jackson for a few more years or maybe even use a high draft pick in 2017 at WR where there are bigger guys coming out. I do agree with Rich that the Redskins need to find someone at WR who can become a starter teams fear by the 2017 season.

  8. Chris - Apr 7, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Hi Rich love the blog. The link to Karl Joseph doesn’t have any info on him specifically but would like to see what you think. Archives

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