When the Denver Broncos went wide receiver with their second round pick, almost everyone was surprised. However, Courtland Sutton has a lot going for him and many teams had a first round grade on him.
He has the size and athleticism to be a lot like a Alshon Jeffrey out there and pairing him with Demaryius Thomas will only help the Broncos offenses - especially in the red zone area. It’s the type of offensive talent that John Elway couldn’t pass up.
“He’s big and he can really run,” Elway said after drafting Sutton. “He can make the very difficult catch and make great catches. We also think that he’s very raw and has a lot of upside. I think that [Wide Receivers Coach] Zach Azzanni will be very happy with him because he’s a great kid and likes to learn. We think that his ceiling is very high.”
The ceiling is definitely high, but it will take time to refine Sutton’s game at the next level. He seems to understand that and is ready to contribute immediately in whatever capacity he can.
“Honestly, anywhere on the field,” Sutton said when asked where he sees himself playing. “If it is on the outside, the inside, special teams, wherever it is, I feel like I have a very unique talent tree. I am willing and ready to go and put it on the field wherever it is. I always felt like I had a unique set of talents. Wherever it is, outside or inside, if I have to motion out of the back field, if I have to block off the edge and give the allusion as a two tight end set when it is really only a one tight end set and I am blocking off on a linebacker, that is what I am going to do. Whatever I have to do to get on the field and help the team be successful, that is what I am going to do. That is one thing I did at SMU. I was able to incorporate that. I am pretty sure that coach [Vance Joseph] saw that. Hopefully he is able to use me in the same way I was able to be used at SMU and use that here in this organization.”
Whatever Sutton is asked to do in 2018, he’s going to do it with an eagerness and pride that will only make this team better. From a practical standpoint, he can immediately put stress on opposing defenses in the red zone. Over time, he should develop into a premier offensive threat. And for those of you who think he’ll be replacing Demaryius Thomas, Sutton’s skillset is one that will only help Demaryius Thomas moving forward.
Long-term Sutton’s development is a bigger threat to Emmanuel Sanders. For now, however, I believe all three can coexist seamlessly with Case Keenum at quarterback.