Washington have strengthened their wide receiver corps, adding TCU's Josh Doctson with the No. 22 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. The 23-year-old Doctson is the third receiver off the board in this year's draft. He checks in at No. 26 on SB Nation's big board, ranked third among all receivers.
Doctson was a three-star recruit out of Mansfield, Texas, committing to Wyoming. After just one season, he transferred to TCU and blossomed as a junior, hauling in 65 catches for 1,018 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was even better in 2015, finishing the year with 79 catches, 1,327 yards and 14 scores despite missing two regular season games and the Alamo Bowl with a wrist injury. Doctson was named to the national All-American team that year.
His best game of the 2015 season came against Texas Tech, when he grabbed a ridiculous 18 catches for 267 yards and three touchdowns. Somehow, his biggest play of the game was the catch he didn't make — Doctson couldn't reel in a high pass from Trevone Boykin, but the ball got tipped into Aaron Green's hands for the game-winning touchdown.
Doctson has a tall but lanky frame, measuring in at 6'2, 202 pounds at the NFL Combine. However, he made up for it with a strong performance, running a 4.50 40 time and excelling at the broad jump (10 feet, 11 inches) and vertical leap (41 inches). He has a huge catch radius and knows how to use it, being capable of boxing out defenders on contested passes. His leaping ability and sticky hands made for plenty of highlight-reel plays in college.
There's a flip side to Docton's body, though — he's very much on the lean side and he'll need to hit the weightlifting room if he hopes to match up with the NFL's more physical cover corners. His route-running isn't as polished as teams would like, and he doesn't offer much in the blocking game. In addition, his age (23) puts him on the older side of draft prospects, which could limit his potential ceiling.
But even with those concerns, Doctson has a pretty high floor in the NFL. In fact, former NFL player Stephen White thinks he has everything coaches want in a wide receiver.
Can you get open? Can you catch the ball? Two simple questions that are predictive of whether guys will or won't be successful NFL wide receivers. I'd say the answer for Josh Doctson on both questions after having watched him play in five games is a resounding yes!
I do know that Doctson would be my choice based on the tape and it's not really close. Especially with Doctson putting up 14 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press at the combine, after breaking his wrist last November and missing the rest of TCU's season. He may not be Hines Ward reincarnated, but that shows me the kid is tough and strong.