Matt Waldman takes a closer look at the hand position and tracking of Sutton, an athletic prospect of the 2018 NFL Draft class.
Upon further review…
It’s a phrase that Courtland Sutton could hear a lot on Sundays if he doesn’t spend more time with a jugs machine Monday through Friday after practice. Big, strong, fluid, and fast enough, Sutton has a lot of the physical tools of a future NFL starter. Ball tracking and hand position aren’t on that list—at least not yet.
The former defensive back doesn’t have bad hands by college standards, but this Boiler Room episode will take you through several targets over the course of two games where you’ll see that Sutton’s hands will hold him back if he doesn’t address his technique. It’s by no means an insurmountable problem. Jets receiver Quincy Enunwa had similar issues before working daily with a jugs machine.
A rising junior, Sutton could make the leap this year. If he doesn’t, his work habits and learning more about the SMU staff would be major areas of focus that I’d have as an area scout assigned to his territory.
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