The Broncos were shocked to find Courtland Sutton available to them early on day two of the 2018 NFL Draft. Wide receiver was a position on their radar, but they were perhaps taken aback by a player they had graded as a sure-fire first-round pick staring them in the face when they went on the clock in round two.
Sutton currently ranks second among rookie wide receivers (minimum 26 targets) with 19.1 yards per reception and figures to continue to improve over the course of his rookie year in terms of overall production.
He has 20 receptions, 16 of which have gone for first downs and two of which have been for touchdowns. He has another couple of ‘almost’ touchdowns throughout the season and has proven himself to be a big play threat for Denver.
The Broncos have so much confidence in Sutton and his development, they opted to trade away veteran Demaryius Thomas to the Houston Texans to give him (and another rookie on this list) more reps.
Sutton’s size, hand strength, and big play ability have him looking like a future number one receiver.
Pick Grade: A