Players

Early Doucet  

Height: 6-0   Weight: 212   Age: 28

Born: 10/28/1985 New Iberia , LA

College: LSU

Experience: Season

REC

139

YDS

1,491

AVG

10.7

TDS

7

Combine 2008

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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