May 12, 2018; Englewood, Denver, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton (14) participates in drills during rookie minicamp at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Last week, we debuted our 2018 NFL Draft Quotable series and have taken a look at both the NFC and AFC East, the AFC and NFC South and the AFC and NFC North, a series derived from watching hours of post-draft press conferences that alluded to bits of insight the coaches and executives unwittingly let slip about their drafted players.
Today we have the AFC West:
General manager John Elway: “He’s big and fast. Really raw. Really feel he has a tremendous ceiling and upside … But he’s also going to be able to help us right away … Top receiver we had still available … We’re excited he was still there. Third wide receiver was important to us, and a guy that you can develop and eventually, maybe, become a No. 1.”
Head coach Vance Joseph: “Getting our WR coach to sharpen his route running ability is going to be big for him … As far as where he’s going to play, I mean, the third receiver is like a third corner. Everyone’s in sub, everyone’s in three-wide, so it’s like being a starter … I mean he can play X, he can play in the slot. But I mean his skillset is special, he can play in all three spots.”
Joseph: “You know, 6-foot-4 frame, that’s key in the red zone. But his skillset translates to being the No. 1 guy, he’s got No. 1 traits as a receiver. Obviously, he’ll come in and compete for the third spot, but John [Elway] said it, in the future he can be our No. 1 guy.”
Sutton was PFF’s fourth-ranked receiver in the draft, and his red-zone ability is evident. 12 of his 68 catches last season resulted in touchdowns, the ninth-most in the country.
The Los Angeles Chargers selected defense with their first four picks of the 2018 NFL Draft and did not select their first offensive skill player until they grabbed former Texas Tech WR Dylan Cantrell in the sixth round.
Cantrell is a big-body receiver who shined in the Texas Tech Air Raid offense as a high-volume receiver. Despite his size at 6-foot-3, Cantrell displayed an ability to force defenders miss, racking up 21 missed tackles after the catch on his 149 career receptions.
With each of their six picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs took defensive players. Obviously, nothing has been learned about drafted offensive skill players in KC.
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