New Orleans Saints 2016 NFL Draft Profile: Josh Doctson

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The New Orleans Saints will have a lot of decisions to make next week in regards to who they draft for their 2016 squad. TCU’s Josh Doctson could prove to be one of the best wide receivers in the class, but will he last?

The Saints may not have wide receiver high on their priority list right now, but then again, how do you explain the recent interest in Robert Meachem? The team has had a history of bringing in a crafty veteran or two to training camp over the past few years, which have included the likes of Patrick Crayton, Steve Breaston, and Josh Morgan. However, that doesn’t mean you should read into it.

The team has a total of seven wide receivers on their roster currently, but arguably only have two (Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead) that are the most game ready. A case could be made for Brandon Coleman, but looking for a receiver next week could be something the team will do. Josh Doctson would certainly be appealing.

Measureables

  • Height: 6-foot-2
  • Weight: 202 pounds
  • Arm length: 31 7/8 inches
  • Hands: 9 7/8 inches

Doctson is arguably the safest wide receiver bet in the entire draft. He may not have impressed with his speed at the NFL Combine, but was a top performer in the vertical jump (41.0 inches), broad jump (131.0 inches), 20-yard shuttle (4.08 seconds), and 60-yard shuttle (11.06 seconds). Doctson needs some work in the areas of press coverage and run blocking, but pairing up with Saints receivers coach John Morton could be a perfect match for Doctson. He could realistically pencil himself in as a No. 2 or 3 wide receiver.

How he fits the New Orleans Saints:

When you have a receiver that is able to get vertical with a quarterback with precision accuracy like Drew Brees, then you have a big win on your hands. He has a very keen awareness for the ball, which would make it appetizing for Brees to find him on the field. Understand that while the wide receiver class as a whole isn’t nearly as talented or appealing when you stack it up against 2014, but realistically there are several gems that fit the New Orleans Saints offensive scheme, and Doctson is one of them.

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