If someone has gotten more hype over the past week than Courtland Sutton, I don’t know who that is. From beat writers, to teammates, to camp videos, to podcasts – Sutton has been everywhere. The Southern Methodist product was a devy/dynasty darling and the flame has been rekindled. Does the NFL hype jive with his collegiate hype? Let’s find out in the Courtland Sutton Hype Profile.
- Recruited as a three-star SAFETY, Sutton made the switch to a receiver as a redshirt freshman.
- In his first full season playing WR, he put up 49/862/9. He followed that season going 76/1246/10, and ended his collegiate career with 68/1085/12. (Stats per CFB Reference).
- Drafted 40th overall (2.08) by the Denver Broncos, the third wide receiver off the board.
- With D.J. Moore taking over the receiver hype, it’s easy to forget how well Sutton performed at the NFL Combine. From MockDraftable and PlayerProfiler, the following numbers were 75th percentile or better: broad jump, 3-cone, 20- and 60-yard shuttle, bench press, size-adjusted speed score, agility score, and catch radius. Whew.
THE HYPE PIECES
- Ryan O’Halloran, Denver Post – O’Halloran had been so impressed with Sutton that he believes that the Broncos should commit their base offense to 11-personnel. He also mentions Sutton’s quick development and notes his play-making ability in all situations.
- Jesse Palmer, NFL.com – Even with John Elway saying how raw he thought Sutton was, Palmer said a group of veteran cornerbacks told him Sutton is cemented as the number three receiver. He went on to say that those group of players said it’s “not even a competition.” Palmer also said that Sutton has been making a “highlight-reel catch” at least once every day.
- Footballguys Podcast and Training Camp: Dialed In – Cecil Lammey mentioned Sutton as a standout, echoing Palmer’s statement about the highlight catches. He went on to say that Sutton has been “Moss-ing” defenders on a daily basis. Beat writer Zac Stevens was recently on David Berger’s new training camp pod and gave his thoughts on Sutton’s camp. Stevens said that Courtland Sutton has been the most impressive player on the field by a wide margin. Stevens, again, was sure to sing Sutton’s praise for his athletic catches (are you sensing a theme here?).
- Twitter – Seriously. Just search Sutton on the Twitter Machine. I dare you to find anything negative.
Something you see time and time again with Sutton is his body control. Goes up over the DB, tips the ball into the air, lunges forward and makes the TD catch. Simple.
Are you kidding me with these last two? Just absurd one-handed catches.
Obviously, four clips don’t paint the full picture, but these are the kinds of catches that are littered throughout Sutton’s college tape. He didn’t stop there, however, as every visitor to Broncos camp can’t say enough about these highlight-reel grabs. There are blemishes to his game, but as the third receiver behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, he can be put in situations to use his strengths. It seems that at least one of the aforementioned veterans are destined to be cut after this season, so Sutton’s rise in opportunities isn’t far off. I have a sneaky suspicion that we’d see Courtland Sutton moving up rookie draft boards to the mid-first at this point. With some of the recent negative news between Sony Michel, Ronald Jones, and Royce Freeman, Sutton would go in the 1.06-1.07 range. If you had to “settle” for him at 1.10 and beyond, you’re ecstatic right now.
If you’re reading these kinds of articles at this point of the season, you’re probably a degenerate. I say that as a compliment. As such, make sure you’re visiting our DFS section, where our writers can tell you whether or not you should be fading Sutton during the preseason. Thanks as always for checking out my articles and keep your eyes peeled for the next one!