Cleveland Browns: Top 5 receiver targets in the 2018 NFL Draft

ANNAPOLIS, MD - NOVEMBER 11: Wide receiver Courtland Sutton
ANNAPOLIS, MD - NOVEMBER 11: Wide receiver Courtland Sutton /
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4. Courtland Sutton, SMU

The upside that this man possesses is absolutely insane. Courtland Sutton is an athletic freak who will probably test absolutely off the charts at the Scouting Combine. His potential is beyond promising, but as of right now, that’s all Sutton is — potential.

Physically, Sutton is something to behold. The SMU product stands at an impressive 6-foot-4 and comes in at 216-pounds. His catch radius is phenomenal, and he has even drawn some physical comparisons to current Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones.

Where Sutton struggles is the nuances of the game. For instance, his route-running (as well as basically every other aspect of his game) is seriously lacking polish. He can go up to get 50-50 passes, but his body control leaves something to be desired.

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If Sutton can find some polish for his game, he could be an amazing threat on the outside, and especially in the redzone.

Any team would love to have a 6-foot-4 wide receiver who can run a 4.5 40-yard dash. The Browns might have two, if they choose to go with Sutton, and if Josh Gordon can stay on the field. ranks Sutton as the second-best receiver in his class, right ahead of fellow tall receivers, Notre Dame’s Equanimeous St. Brown and Florida State’s Auden Tate.

Everything about Sutton screams ceiling and upside. He has the highest ceiling of any receiver in this draft, and it really isn’t even close. He can jump out of the gym, and has all the physical tools.

The only real question he has is, can he put it all together?  If the Browns choose to draft Sutton, they must understand that he might not light the world on fire immediately. He needs some polishing up, but the potential is there.