COURTLAND SUTTON

SMU
WR

Prospect Info

College
SMU
Hometown
Class
Brenham, TX
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
218 lbs
32 3/8”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.87
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.54
Seconds
 
Bench Press
18
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
35.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
124.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.57
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.11
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.06
Seconds
 
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Sutton was ranked as a safety coming out of high school, where he excelled on both sides of the football. The SMU coaching staff saw his potential as a big-bodied receiver, however, and gave him a chance to show his stuff as a true freshman in 2014. But after two games (two catches, 27 yards), Sutton sat the rest of the year with an injury, receiving a medical redshirt. He came back with a vengeance in 2015, garnering USA Today Freshman All-American status by starting all 12 games and topping the squad with 49 receptions for 862 yards and nine touchdowns. He moonlighted with the SMU basketball team after that season (three games, three points, two rebounds). Sutton was a first-team All-AAC pick as a sophomore, ranking among the nation's top 20 in the major categories (76 catches, 1,246 yards, 10 touchdowns). His NFL size, downfield physicality, strong hands, and strider's deep speed could have led him to the next level after last season, but he chose to return to school for his fourth year. His play in 2017 only strengthened his draft stock, as the first-team all-conference selection grabbed 68 passes for 1,085 yards and 12 scores, pairing with Trey Quinn as dual 1,000-yard pass-catchers.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 1-2
NFL Comparison
Muhsin Muhammad
Overview
Sutton is a possession receiver who has the size and toughness to handle a heavier target load if necessary, but he will need to improve as a route runner because his play speed and separation is nothing special. Sutton's ability to win in contested catch situations could get him early playing time as a second or third receiver, but he may not have the explosiveness to ever become a top-flight WR1.
Strengths
  • Has big, durable frame for heavy lifting
  • Inaccurate quarterback limited potential of his production over last two seasons
  • Doesn't get hung up easily by contact
  • Willing worker in the middle of traffic
  • Unfazed by oncoming contact and is able to focus throughout the catch process
  • Plays like basketball big man
  • Puts defender on his hip and keeps him there on slants and crossing routes
  • Uses body positioning and extended catch radius to pry open throwing window for his quarterback
  • Uses subtle, calculated hand-fighting that allows for sudden, late separation on jump balls
  • Consistent at working back to underthrown balls to help his quarterback
  • Has the confidence of a top-flight target
  • Physical blocker who will square and sustain to help spring his running back
Weaknesses
  • Play speed feels non-threatening
  • Faster cornerbacks squat on routes and consistently contest his catches
  • Route wiggle is average and feel gradual rather than sharp
  • Has tendency to coast by on size and scheme over pattern effort and technique
  • Defaults to bodying smaller cornerbacks rather than working for cleaner windows
  • Doesn't show much separation burst on first and second levels
  • Inconsistent ball skills when adjusting late to throws
  • Won't scare defenses with catch-and-run
  • Can't get it cranked back up for yards after catch if he has to slow feet
  • Struggled to get anything going against quality competition like TCU and UCF
Sources Tell Us

"He's got to get quicker and learn to separate or he's going to be wearing coverage around the field. He's very mentally and physically tough so I think he'll get it figured out." -- NFC team regional scout

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GRADE
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