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  • 6'0" Height
  • 212LBS. Weight

Overview

Regarded as the elite receiver in college football entering his senior season at LSU, Early Doucet was being counted on to fill the void created by the departure of first-round wide receivers, Dwayne Bowe (Kansas City) and Craig Davis (San Diego).

But after catching 15 passes in the first two games of the 2007 season, the team's go-to target was sidelined the next four contests and saw minimal action in another after he suffered a severely pulled groin muscle during a scrimmage on Sept. 14.

Doucet would still manage to lead the team in receptions, hauling in 57 tosses as a senior to finish his time with the Tigers ranked third on the all-time chart with 20 touchdown catches, fourth with 160 receptions and ninth with 1,943 yards receiving.

Doucet was regarded as the best wide receiver in the country and the top prospect in the state of Louisiana by College Football News as a senior at St. Martinville High School. He earned All-American first-team honors from Parade Magazine and was a second-team pick by USA Today. He was a member of Fox Sports Network's Countdown to Signing Day "All-South" first-team, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100, the Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen and the New Orleans Times-Picayune's Top 20 Blue Chip List. He added first-team Class 4A All-State recognition and was an honorable mention academic All-State selection. He also played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Doucet showed tremendous versatility, playing quarterback, wide receiver, running back, and handled return duties. He closed out his career with 7,104 all-purpose yards and 79 touchdowns, including running for 3,592 yards on 470 carries and 52 touchdowns. As a senior, he rushed for 850 yards and passed for over 750 yards, despite suffering from a nagging hamstring injury. He accounted for 30 touchdowns that season.

Doucet became the first player in 31 years to start every game as a freshman. He was a member of four postseason teams, including a state semifinal berth as a freshman and junior. A standout basketball player, he played a pivotal role in helping the Tigers win the Class 4A State Basketball Championship as a sophomore.

The flanker started three of 10 games he played in at Louisiana State in 2004. He was named to the Freshman All-Southeastern Conference squad, as he made 18 catches for 257 yards (14.3-yard average), including two touchdowns. He also had a 16-yard punt return. He appeared in 12 games as a sophomore, missing the Peach Bowl vs. Miami with a right ankle sprain. Doucet would start three times at flanker and twice at split end, finishing fourth on the team with 26 receptions for 389 yards (15.0-yard average) and five scores.

In 2006, Doucet earned All-SEC second-team honors, as he led the team with 1,032 all-purpose yards. He started twice at flanker and three times at split end, ranking second on the squad with 59 receptions for 772 yards (13.1-yard average) and eight touchdowns. He totaled 202 yards on 12 kickoff returns (16.8-yard average) and 59 yards with a pair of scores on eight rushing attempts (7.4 avg).

Despite missing four games and almost the entire Kentucky game due to a groin injury, Doucet was still named a consensus All-SEC second-team selection. He led the team with 57 catches for 525 yards (9.2-yard average) and five touchdowns. He also completed one pass for 35 yards, returned a punt five yards and had an 18-yard kickoff return.

In 45 games at Louisiana State, Doucet started 22 games, with 17 starts coming at flanker. He finished ranked fourth in school history with 160 receptions, ninth with 1,943 yards receiving (12.1-yard average) and third with 20 touchdown grabs. He carried 12 times for 61 yards (5.1 avg) and two scores, completed one pass attempt for 35 yards and returned 13 kickoffs for 220 yards (16.9 avg). He added 20 yards on four punt returns (5.0 avg), recorded five tackles (four solo) with a stop for a six-yard loss that resulted in a safety and also recovered a fumble.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Has a well-defined body with good muscle tone throughout, thick thighs and calves and room on his frame to carry at least another 10 pounds of bulk without having the additional weight impact his overall quickness...Plays faster than his timed speed indicates, at times, but usually just when he gets a clear lane...Has very good leaping ability and adjustment agility to compete for jump balls...Uses his leg drive and lower-body strength to compensate for a lack of blazing speed, when trying to separate after the catch...Runs with a straight-legged stride at times, but moves athletically when working back to the ball...Has the hand-eye coordination to adjust to the ball in flight...Shows good flexibility reaching around the defender to make the catch and is just a little stiff in his hips when making lateral cuts...Uses his hands well to defeat the press and get into his routes vs. smaller defenders...Runs with a long stride that makes him look faster than his timed speed...Catches the ball effectively and can adjust his body to make the tough catch...Uses good head fakes and strength to break arm tackles and avoid defenders after the catch...Can read zone coverage and find holes in the defense to get open, especially when working underneath...Shows toughness as a blocker on running plays and when going up for the ball in a crowd...Has good awareness and knows when to come back to help the quarterback when the pocket is pressured... Does a nice job of keeping his feet and adjusting when working along the boundary...Uses his body well to shield the ball from the defender and his size presents a nice target for the quarterback when going over the middle, as he uses his strength to adjust to the coverage...Has courage catching in a crowd and has the necessary strength and lateral quickness to fight off press coverage, using a good burst to gain separation once he's broken free from the second-level defender...Does a good job of making adjustments on fade routes...Will generally catch the ball away from his body and displays the necessary toughness and leaping ability to come down with the ball in a crowd (very competitive in the red zone)...Has only a modest second gear and doesn't always run away from quicker defenders, but is efficient at getting on top of the coverage, utilizing solid double moves...His strength lets him run through or out of tackles and is not the type that will go down easily...Displays the willingness and toughness to gain good position on defenders as a blocker and to sustain those blocks once he's engaged...Attacks aggressively to fit up and finish his blocks working along the line...Works hard to sustain his blocks and is good at taking angles and staying with his man cut-blocking in the second level. Negatives: More quick than explosive, lacking the second gear to threaten the deep secondary...Shows good urgency getting into his routes, but he needs to refine his cuts (takes soft angles), as he will often round coming out of his breaks, preventing him from attaining good separation...Bit of a chatterbox on the field and will need to "dial it down" a bit early in his professional career...Used on kickoff returns, but had problems fielding the ball cleanly and his vision is questionable, as he will run to spots rather than patiently wait for his blocks to develop...A bit stiff in his hips and, while he is functional changing direction, he needs to drop his pads better in attempts to come out of his breaks cleanly...Upon his return from a groin injury as a senior, he was too inconsistent in attempts to break down the defender's cushion when getting into his routes (explosion he showed in the past was not there when he returned from the injury)...Generally shows good ball security, but will drop a few easy throws when he tries to run before he has the ball secure in his hands...Does not have the long reach (30 3/4-inches) or large hands (8 1/2-inches) you look for in a receiver his size...Will sometimes jog off the line of scrimmage, making him late getting into his patterns. Compares To: DWAYNE BOWE-Kansas City...Like his former teammate, Doucet has valid straight-line quickness and good strength to beat the press and get into his routes. Possibly due to his groin injury, Doucet failed to show the explosion needed to gobble up the defender's cushion in 2007. He needs route refinement, as he will take soft-angle cuts and fails to sink his hips coming out of his breaks. He is an efficient pass catcher, but has become a liability as a kickoff returner, as he struggles to field the ball and lacks patience waiting for his blocks to develop. For a player purported to have "explosive speed to be a go-to receiver," as most scouting reports say, he just seemed to be nothing more than a possession receiver as a senior. He might have better value as a slot receiver or at flanker and might lack the sudden burst or second gear to be effective as a split end.
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9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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