April 28, 2016
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-- TCU graduate and unanimous consensus first-team All-America wide receiver Josh Doctson
was selected in the first round of the 2016 National Football League Draft, the 22nd player overall, by the Washington Redskins Thursday night.
Doctson is the second Horned Frog in the last three seasons and third in the past seven years to be drafted in the first round, joining defensive end Jerry Hughes (Indianapolis Colts, 2010) and cornerback Jason Verrett (San Diego Chargers, 2014).
Doctson, who arrived at TCU as a walk-on, is the 12th first-round draft pick in TCU history and the first to be a wide receiver. He is also the first Horned Frog drafted by Washington since Robert Henson in the sixth round in 2009.
A native of Mansfield, Texas, Doctson received his TCU degree in Film/Television/Digital Media in December 2015. He was in attendance in Chicago for the draft and joined by TCU head coach Gary Patterson, who has now had 37 players drafted with a total of 83 in NFL camps in 15 seasons. ESPN.com recently ranked TCU No. 1 in the nation for developing NFL talent.
Doctson, a 2015 finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, led the nation with 132.7 receiving yards per game. He was the only player in the country to rank in the top six in receiving yards per game, receptions per game (7.9) and touchdown catches (14). His 79 receptions, 1,327 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns were TCU single-season records.
Despite missing three games and parts of two others due to injury in 2015, Doctson still topped all Big 12 receivers with 61 catches and 1,001 yards receiving in conference play. His 11 touchdown catches were one shy of the lead. Doctson joined two-time Biletnikoff Award winner Michael Crabtree from Texas Tech as the only players in the last 20 years to have six straight games with at least 100 yards receiving and multiple touchdown catches. Doctson is one of just eight players in Big 12 history to have multiple seasons of at least 1,000 yards receiving and 10 touchdown catches.
Eleven of Doctson's 14 touchdown receptions in 2015 came with the score in single digits. He was tied for the national lead with 56 catches of at least 10 yards.
Doctson received Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week honors after his 18 receptions for 267 yards and three touchdowns in TCU's 55-52 win at Texas Tech.
In just three seasons, Doctson holds TCU career marks with 2,785 receiving yards and 29 touchdown catches. His 180 receptions rank second in Horned Frogs history, one behind the 181 by Kelly Blackwell (1988-91).
Doctson Press Conference Quotes
On his emotions after being selected by the Redskins:
"Yeah, I wasn't expecting it at all. I saw them [Redskins] flip-flop back-and-forth and really didn't think anything of it. You know, the phone gets to ringing, so it really was sudden. I'm really appreciative and fortunate to be able to be over there and be a Redskin."
On if he was surprised the Redskins selected him:
"Yeah, I met with them one time and it was an informal interview at the combine. I really didn't think they were interested in me at all. That's what I was saying - it was so sudden and really abrupt being picked by the Redskins, but, man, hey, I'm happy and ready to get to work."
On what he knows of WR DeSean Jackson:
"Oh, yeah, man, he's just a dynamic player, a player that I'm going to be able to learn a lot from. So I'm excited to see what he has got in store and see all the receivers and quarterbacks over there and the whole offense... make sure I listen and be ready to go."
On his strengths:
"My game starts with the most dominant trait a receiver should have and that's catching the football. I want to make sure that I catch the football in all situations if the quarterback tries to throw it to me and trusts me to catch it. I want to make sure that I have all that trust. I've showed that over my years at the collegiate level. I'm looking to build on it and learn from the other guys and build more strengths and get better and better each day."
On what teams want to see from him:
"Just the different route tree. I think that just goes with the TCU offense. We were limited on some things. On pro day, some teams pulled me aside and told me to run some different routes that they wanted to see that they haven't seen me run before. That's just one of the small things, one of the little hiccups that will easily be able to be developed come day one."
On if he needs to add strength:
"I'm going to get in and talk to the guys who matter - that'll be the coaches. They can tell me what I need to work on, what I need to improve on, all that. So, like I said, I'm ready to work. I'm ready to get to it and I'm open for anything."
On his wrist:
"I was full strength, man, by the end of the combine. There's nothing wrong with my wrist, nothing wrong with my body. Everything is working 100 percent, and like I said, I'm ready to get back on the field."
On if he patterns his game after any player:
"Like I said, I'm going to be at a team where I'm fortunate to have veterans on there that I'll be able to learn from starting day one. I'm just looking forward to that and looking forward to seeing how they can help me develop my game to be successful."
On if he was a Cowboys fan as he grew up in Texas:
"I really didn't grow up a fan of any NFL teams. I was a basketball kid growing up, so I didn't really have much involvement with football or a liking of a certain team. I wasn't a Cowboys fan, to answer that question."
On when he realized he could make football his profession:
"I started playing football pretty much competitively in high school, my freshman year. I was just playing it because everybody was playing it. When I got to the college level, I got the opportunity to play with got a scholarship. I still wasn't really thinking about continuing on to the next level and then it kind of hit me my junior year when Jason Verrett left, and I had seen how many hours I had put in this sport and this craft for nothing to come about. I just really took the initiative that if I was really going to play football then I was really going to get after it and just put my head down and work. Now I'm on the phone with you guys."
On the pre-draft process:
"It's a crazy process. It's a different process. It's obviously my first go-around and my last go-around doing this. Everybody in there was level-headed. Everybody was calm, everybody was happy to be here. Whether they went to the first, high-up pick in the first round or low pick, middle pick, I think everybody will be happy at the end of the night."
TCU's First-Round NFL Draft Picks
1936 - Jimmy Lawrence, WB, Chicago Cardinals
1937 - Sam Baugh, QB, Washington Redskins
1939 - Ki Aldrich, C, Chicago Cardinals
1939 - Davey O'Brien, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
1958 - Jim Shofner, DB, Cleveland Browns
1960 - Jack Spikes, FB, Denver Broncos
1961 - Bob Lilly, DT, Dallas Cowboys
1970 - Norm Bulaich, RB, Baltimore Colts
2001 - LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, San Diego Chargers
2010 - Jerry Hughes, DE, Indianapolis Colts
2014 - Jason Verrett, CB, San Diego Chargers
2016 - Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins