Denver Broncos: Courtland Sutton’s Future is Bright
At some point, the Denver Broncos will look to future at wide receiver, and Courtland Sutton is going to be the team’s centerpiece…
In 2010, the Denver Broncos drafted Demaryius Thomas to be an impact wide receiver down the line. Plenty of credit is attributed to ex-executive Brian Xanders and former head coach Josh McDaniels for finding the Georgia Tech product.
Thomas had question marks with route running, but scouts and teams saw explosiveness and great hands. More importantly, the Broncos felt Thomas could grow into an elite wide receiver.
Fast forward to the 2018 NFL Draft, where the Denver Broncos drafted Courtland Sutton from Southern Methodist University (SMU).
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Sutton has the same skill set as Thomas. The route tree is similar except Thomas came from a run-dominant triple-option offense at Georgia Tech.
There is one aspect of Sutton’s game that translates as a tremendous red zone presence. One-handed catching is an art and God-given ability. It comes with practice, dedication, and hard work.
Sutton has it in spades. This is an incredible two-minute breakdown. Sutton’s awareness to contort the body regularly is insane.
Due to a limited route tree in college, Sutton might see a redshirt season. That said, Sutton is a better playmaker entering his first season. The red zone is the best opportunity for Sutton to cash in quickly.
Catch radius and high-pointing a football are mainstays in the new offense. There is a strong voice on the Broncos in support of Sutton.
Emmanuel Sanders practiced with Sutton a few months ago.
Drafting Sutton affords the Denver Broncos to mix and match on numerous occasions. Including racking up yards after the catch, all is there for Sutton to last long in the NFL.
It is easy to see why multiple teams and the Broncos placed a first-round grade on him. Listed at 6’3″, Sutton plays bigger like Thomas. You can see it in this video.
It took Thomas a Hall of Fame quarterback in Peyton Manning to jumpstart a stellar career himself. Case Keenum is no Manning; however, a quarterback willing to give wide receivers opportunities to play to their strengths is a significant plus.
This type of chance opens a door for Sutton to play sooner. Mark my words, Sutton is in a great place to become the next great target in the Mile High City.