Josh Doctson vs. Corey Coleman: NFL Draft Stock Comparison

    Josh Doctson and Corey Coleman are two high-profile prospects in this year's NFL Draft. Let's compare the draft stock of these wide receivers.

    March 15, 2016

    Josh Doctson and Corey Coleman are two high-profile prospects in this year’s NFL Draft. Let’s compare the draft stock of these wide receivers.

    Over the last few years, we’ve seen some pretty deep wide receiver pools in the NFL Draft.

    In 2015, the NFL welcomed Amari Cooper, DeVante Parker, Phillip Dorsett and Tyler Lockett.

    We were spoiled the year before that with Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham Jr. and Allen Robinson.

    There have been some premier pass catchers coming into the league, and two of the biggest stars in this year’s class are Josh Doctson and Corey Coleman.

    Both are from the Big 12. Both are projected as first-round picks. But who should be drafted earlier?

    Let’s break down their NFL Draft stocks and see how each is trending following the combine.



    Before he transferred to TCU in 2012, Doctson spent one season with Wyoming. In that 2011 season, the freshman played in 12 of the Cowboys’ 13 games. Of course, he had to sit out the next season due to NCAA transfer rules, but Doctson walked into 2013 fully rested and appeared in 10 games. After playing in all 13 games for the Horned Frogs in 2014, Doctson was putting up eye-popping numbers before he injured his wrist against Oklahoma State on Nov. 7. The injury required surgery, and Doctson sat out the team’s final four games. There appear to be no lingering health issues from the wrist injury, so NFL teams can rest easy.


    After taking a redshirt in 2012, Coleman started in 10 of the 13 games he played in 2013. As a redshirt sophomore, he missed Baylor’s first three games with a hamstring injury, but played in its final 10 games and started six of them. Last season, Coleman started in 12 of the Bears’ 13 games but missed their bowl game against North Carolina to undergo sports hernia surgery. Like Doctson, there are no major health concerns with Coleman. 


    Doctson has a clear height advantage over Coleman. Three inches may not seem like a lot, but when throwing a 15-yard fade route to the back pylon, they can make a big difference. The former Horned Frog also has the edge in arm length, which can help him separate from defensive backs. Coleman’s hands are smaller, too, so he loses the overall battle of measurements. Doctson’s bigger hands can help him corral the ball when the ball placement from the quarterback isn’t ideal.


    Both wide receivers posted impressive numbers during their college careers. Coleman played in 11 fewer games than Doctson, and nearly matched his total in yards receiving and touchdowns. He was awarded the 2015 Biletnikoff Award. One of the other finalists Coleman beat out was Doctson, who finished with the most touchdown receptions in TCU history (29). Of course, Coleman holds the Baylor records for touchdown receptions in a career (33) and in a single season (20). On paper, they’re close, but game-for-game, Coleman has the clear advantage in production. 

    Player Comparisons


    There’s no question Doctson needs to pack on a few pounds in order to withstand life over the middle in the NFL, though facets of his game resemble Jordy Nelson. The former TCU star can stretch the field vertically and has excellent body control when attacking the ball in the air. He’s a 70-plus-reception target waiting to happen. Doctson can find space and make secondaries pay after the catch — especially if he has a playmaker running routes with him.


    This one may shock you because of the superstar nature, but many facets of Coleman’s game scream Odell Beckham Jr. They’re almost identical in size, with the exception of Beckham’s hands being an inch bigger. Coleman also has OBJ’s leaping ability and quick feet. In fact, the former Baylor Bear actually posted a better vertical at the NFL Combine (40.5 inches) than Beckham did two years ago (38.5 inches). Does he have the same hands as OBJ? No, but has anyone ever shown off the kind of mitts the New York Giants star has? That’s a big negative. He might not be a superstar like Beckham, but they’re nearly identical in more ways than one.

    Best Team Fits


    When’s the last time a handful of wideouts went in the first round? With as many receiver-thirsty teams as there are, it’s definitely a possibility we see it happen this year. It’s more likely we see a trio selected, and Doctson will be one of them. Detroit needs a playmaker to replace Calvin Johnson, but Doctson needs more help than Golden Tate can provide. 
    A better fit would be DeAndre Hopkins and the Houston Texans. Houston can give newly signed Brock Osweiler another vertical threat in the form of Doctson. With as much attention as Hopkins demands, Doctson could turn in a 60-reception season as a rookie with the Texans — especially with the weak secondaries floating in the AFC South.


    As much as he would probably love to stay in Texas, Coleman would also be a good fit with Houston, but there are other teams lurking in the first round with big holes to fill at wide receiver. Coleman’s abilities to create separation and out-leap defenders makes him a slightly better fit for the Lions because of Matthew Stafford’s love for the deep ball, but the best landing spot for the former Baylor wideout is in Minnesota. 

    Teddy Bridgewater is coming into his own as the leader of the Vikings, and Adrian Peterson is still the rushing monster defensive coordinators have come to fear. Coleman can slide in as the deep threat counterpart to Stefon Diggs’ over-the-middle role — something Mike Wallace failed at providing. 


    Josh Doctson No. 21 overall, Houston Texans

    Corey Coleman –
    No. 22 overall, Minnesota Vikings

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