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Josh Doctson Selected 22nd Overall in 2016 NFL Draft
- Updated: April 28, 2016
NFL: Josh Doctson
With the 22nd overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins have selected Josh Doctson, Wide Receiver from Texas Christian University (TCU).
In a year that did not see a wide receiver drafted in the Top 10, the 6-foot 2 inch, 202-pound Doctson hopes to use his tremendous athletic ability and explosiveness to make an immediate impact. The fifth-year senior does not have blazing speed (registered a 4.5 at the Combine), but has proven to be physical enough to compete for the 50/50 ball despite sometimes finding it difficult to gain separation from defensive backs. Outstanding hands and marked consistency are among Doctson’s additional strengths.
In 2015, Doctson racked up 1,327 yards on 78 receptions and dropped only six passes, earning a 7.1 drop rate, ranked 55th among receivers, from Pro Football Focus. Occasionally, Doctson lined up in the slot or was a flanker in the backfield, but the majority of his production came when he was split out wide. In his three years at TCU, he proved capable of being both a deep threat and a presence over the middle. It is safe to expect much of the same at the next level.
Critics claim that Doctson benefited heavily from the Horned Frogs’ pass-heavy offense that did not feature an extensive route tree, nor did it require him to be any more than an average run-blocker. Bigger bodies in the NFL and a potentially heavier reliance on the run game could pose issues for the 23 year-old, who will turn 24 during his rookie season.
Although he is not the biggest, fastest, or strongest receiver in this draft, Doctson is widely recognized as the best overall prospect at the position. There is no reason to believe that this will be a rocky transition to the NFL, despite the fact that improvements in his game can be made.
It’s worth watching how Doctson reacts to speedier, more physical defensive backs and whether or not he becomes a reliable run-blocker for the Redskins.
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