Devy Watch: WR Courtland Sutton, SMU

Courtland Sutton

Southern Methodist University

RS-JR Wide Receiver

6’4” 215lbs

Projected Draft Age: 22 Years Old

Courtland Sutton is from Brenham, Texas and attended Brenham High School. While there, he didn’t play wide receiver rather he spent his time as a tight end and a safety where he was named 1stteam All District as a junior. During the recruiting process, most schools recruited him as a safety rather than at an offensive position.

After receiving a medical redshirt his freshman year, Sutton hit the ground running. As a redshirt freshman, he was named a USA Today Sports Freshman All-American after leading all first-year players with 9 TD receptions and also set a freshman school record with 862 receiving yards. In his redshirt sophomore year, he upped his production with 1,246 yards and 10 TDs including a staggering 13 reception, 252 yards, and 2 TD performance against South Florida.


Hands/50–50 Balls: One of Sutton’s strongest traits, is his catching ability. He has very strong hands making it difficult for defenders to swipe the ball away. He does an excellent job of catching the ball away from his body, limiting his number of body catches. He is also elite when it comes to tracking the ball. He consistently is able to track the ball and go up and make plays, even having to readjust to poorly thrown passes. When it comes to battling DB’s for jump balls, Sutton is top-notch. He routinely makes plays using his strength and elite catching ability for highlight-reel catches, including a number of one-handed catches.

Love his ability to track the ball and adjust to the back shoulder pass.
— Cody Garrett (@_codygarrett) March 20, 2017
@_codygarrett has great hands too. Always catching away from his body. Strong at the catch point. Gets hit by 2 players and still holds on
— Cody Garrett (@_codygarrett) March 20, 2017
@_codygarrett has the strength to battle DB’s for those jump balls
— Cody Garrett (@_codygarrett) March 20, 2017

Speed/Athleticism: For a player standing at 6’4” and weighing 215lbs, Sutton is extremely athletic. He is very fluid in his movements, constantly allowing him to make plays with the ball in his hands. Moreover, while he isn’t a speedster, he regularly uses his long strides to outrun the defense. He has excellent burst/explosion and can use slight, sudden movements to allow himself to get separation in his routes.

@_codygarrett a guy his size and this fast is a scary combination. Out running the defense here on a post route
— Cody Garrett (@_codygarrett) March 20, 2017


Route Running: For all of his positive traits, Sutton needs some work in his route running ability. In his first two seasons, Sutton has run a very limited route tree consisting of mostly the basic routes (GO, slant, comeback). Even though his route tree seemed to expand as the season went along, he will need to show that he can run more routes over the course of an entire season.

Experience: We can’t knock Sutton too hard for his route running considering he has only played the wide receiver position for two seasons. His inexperience as a wide receiver may hurt his draft stock as he is very raw. Being recruited as a safety and playing primarily as a tight end, Sutton needs to grow in his new role and show that he can be a team’s consistent #1 option.


Sutton is an extremely raw prospect, but he has shown me enough elite traits that he is my current #1 overall Devy prospect. Physically, he has everything you look for in a big, dominant WR. He has great size and strength with strong hands to boot. He has an elite ability to go up and beat DBs at the catch point. With some more experience and some refinement of his route running, there is no doubt in my mind that Sutton will be the WR1 and #1 overall player in the 2018 draft. Get your shares while you can and prepare to bask in the glory!

Originally published at on March 27, 2017.