By Nick Shook
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SMU’s best receiving prospect since Emmanuel Sanders has decided it’s time to make the jump to the next level.
Courtland Sutton announced Friday he intends to apply for early eligibility into the 2018 NFL Draft.
To my SMU family! It has been an incredible run and after discussing things with my family, I have decided to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft. The relationships I have built, and the experiences I have had are absolutely priceless. My SMU family is full of teammates, coaches, and friends that have been there for me since Day 1! Going to school and playing ball with my brothers is something that I wouldn’t change for the world. I would like to give a huge thanks to all those who helped me behind the scenes, Coach Stepp, TMFSS, the equipment room, the training room, Ms. Lisa, and all those that work in the Loyd building who have had an impact on my life while at SMU. I am absolutely humbled by the opportunity that I have ahead of me, and I couldn’t have gotten here without the support and love from my family. My degree from SMU is something I will forever cherish, and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me next! #thankyou #nfl
Sutton posted career receiving totals of 3,152 yards and 31 touchdowns on 189 receptions in four seasons at SMU. The wideout averaged 16.4 yards per catch in each of his last two seasons, and finished third on the Mustangs’ all-time receiving list behind Sanders and Aldrick Robinson, who now plays for the San Francisco 49ers.
NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah studied tape of Sutton before the 2017 season, and offered his take in the preseason First Look series:
“Sutton has an outstanding build for the position,” Jeremiah said. “He’s tall with a long, muscular frame. He uses his size/strength combination to win a lot of 50/50 balls. Sutton is a matchup nightmare in the red zone. He easily boxes out defenders, times his jump and catches the ball at the highest point.
“He has had success outside as well as in the slot. He understands how to set up routes and create leverage from the slot. Sutton has build-up speed on the outside and he generates a lot of explosive plays in this offense. He’s very competitor and physical after the catch. He’s also a feisty blocker. His production is outstanding.”
Sutton also landed at No. 22 on CFB 24/7’s preseason Top 25.