Denver Broncos: Get to know new WR Courtland Sutton
The Denver Broncos drafted SMU wide receiver Courtland Sutton with the 40th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, bolstering their offensive weaponry…
The Denver Broncos used the 40th overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft on SMU wide receiver Courtland Sutton.
Sutton was projected by many to go in the middle of the first round to the Dallas Cowboys, who were also holding out hope, reportedly, that he would last to their pick in the middle of round two.
That obviously didn’t turn out to be the case and instead of being Dez Bryant’s replacement in Dallas, he could be the heir apparent to Demaryius Thomas with the Denver Broncos.
So why Sutton?
This isn’t the first time he’s been linked to the Broncos.
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Sutton surprisingly returned for his junior season at SMU despite lighting up the stat sheet in 2016 as a sophomore, when he caught 76 passes for 1,246 yards and 10 touchdowns.
He was arguably better this past season, catching only 68 passes but with 12 touchdowns, while maintaining an average per catch over 16 yards.
The Broncos got themselves a leader with this pick as well.
Sutton was voted a team captain and he delivered on the field in a big way. Over the past three seasons, Sutton racked up 31 touchdown catches.
This is a long-limbed receiver with good speed (4.52 second 40-yard dash) who has athleticism, strength, and very good quickness for his height.
When I watch Sutton, I love his ability to play in the red zone and be physical. He knows how to go up and high point the ball, timing his jumps well, and showing strong hands.
The Broncos are planning a bit for the future with this pick, but Sutton is a savvy enough player that he can contribute right away and allow Demaryius Thomas to move into the slot, or give the Broncos a threat when Thomas is not on the field at all.