With the 23rd pick in the 2016 BRB Mock Draft, the Minnesota Vikings select Josh Doctson (WR--TCU).
This pick isn’t a surprise if you have looked at most mock drafts. While I see that Teddy Bridgewater does need help with protection, this WR class lacks depth. So, with that said, if you’re going to get a quality guy, you need to grab him early. With the departure of Mike Wallace, this offense lacks receiving talent. The Vikings have a good group of RBs with Adrian Peterson, Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata. The emergence of Stefon Diggs in the second half of the season provides hope, but I believe adding Doctson would help take pressure off of Peterson, Kyle Rudolph and Diggs. Now, let’s break down this 2015 All-American.
Around the midway point in the 2015 NFL season, mock drafts started and projected Doctson going around the #7-10 overall range. Then, in November, Doctson broke his wrist, ending his 2015 season. That’s when his buzz started to fade into the background. It honestly baffles me as to why. I know he may not be a speed demon like Will Fuller or as dynamic as Corey Coleman, but what Josh Doctson does represent is consistency. He’s not a one-year wonder or combine warrior.
Compare his 2014 season to last year, and you will see improvements across the board. He’s got a decent build (6’2", 202 lbs., 41" vertical) and excellent hands. By far, Doctson has the best hands in this draft. To compare him to the other consensus #1 rated WR in this class, Doctson’s measurables beat everything except arm length. Doctson is great at boxing out and shielding defenders from the ball. He possesses a great stiff arm. His leaping ability is awesome, and he attacks the ball with toughness. His outstanding leaping ability helps him out in this area.
All these things will help him transition smoothly into Minnesota and he'll be the #1 guy on day one. One thing Vikings fans will love to hear is that Doctson is a class act. He’s not going to subliminally call out Bridgewater. He is a humble, hardworking and dependable guy on and off the gridiron.
In terms of negatives, Doctson is an upright runner and won’t break many tackles, but his stiff arm is his preferred tactic. He was part of a spread offense in college, and that could potentially be a problem. Doctson is a little bit limited on his route running, and it will be interesting to see if he can expand it. Some guys adjust faster than others. His wrist injury did require pins, so I’m not too sure how that could potentially play out long-term.
Even in a worst case scenario, Minnesota has a mediocre #2 WR playing as the main go-to guy. That’s the best part of this pick. There’s not much to lose, so Docston is trading his TCU purple in for Vikings purple.
Doctson is an intriguing prospect. Some think he'll have a hard time making the jump to the NFL, while others think he's the best and least risky wide receiving prospect in the entire draft. Where do you come down on him?
With that, the Cincinnati Bengals are on the...
What? We have a trade?
Details in the post that'll publish tomorrow morning, but the Denver Broncos have moved up into the No. 24 spot. Their pick is already in and will be ready for your reaction at 10 a.m. CDT tomorrow.
1. Tennessee Titans--Laremy Tunsil (OT--Ole Miss)
2. Cleveland Browns--Joey Bosa (DE--Ohio State)
3. San Diego Chargers--Jalen Ramsey (CB/S--FSU)
4. Los Angeles Rams (via trade with the Dallas Cowboys)--Carson Wentz (QB--NDSU)
5. Jacksonville Jaguars--Myles Jack (LB--UCLA)
6. Baltimore Ravens--DeForest Buckner (DL--Oregon)
7. San Francisco 49ers--Jared Goff (QB--California)
8. Philadelphia Eagles--Vernon Hargreaves III (CB--Florida)
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers--Ronnie Stanley (OT--Notre Dame)
10. New York Giants--Ezekiel Elliott (RB--OhioState)
11. Chicago Bears--A'Shawn Robinson (DE/DT--Alabama)
12. New Orleans Saints--Sheldon Rankins (DT--Louisville)
13. Miami Dolphins--Eli Apple (CB--Ohio State)
14. Oakland Raiders--Jack Conlin (OT--Michigan State)
15. Dallas Cowboys (via trade with the Los Angeles Rams)--Noah Spence (DE/OLB--Eastern Kentucky)
16. Detroit Lions--Laquon Treadwell (WR--Ole Miss)
17. Atlanta Falcons--Darron Lee (LB--Ohio State)
18. Indianapolis Colts--Cody Whitehair (OG--Kansas State)
19. Buffalo Bills--Emmanuel Ogbah (DE--Oklahoma State)
20. New York Jets--Leonard Floyd (OLB--Georgia)
21. Washington Redskins--Corey Coleman (WR--Baylor)
22. Houston Texans--Vernon Butler (DT/DE--Louisiana Tech)
23. Minnesota Vikings--Josh Doctson (WR--TCU)
24. Denver Broncos (via trade with the Cincinnati Bengals)--viper17d
25. Pittsburgh Steelers--GannonNash
26. Seattle Seahawks--thepencilneck
27. Green Bay Packers--FeedEmToTheWolves1099
28. Kansas City Chiefs--Senor Stan
29. Arizona Cardinals--HovaFlow
30. Carolina Panthers--Vance87
31. Cincinnati Bengals (via trade with the Denver Broncos)--Summer of Watt