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NFL Draft: Player Profile - Early Doucet
John Tuvey
April 11, 2008

Wide Receiver - LSU

Combine Height: 6-0
Combine Weight: 209
Combine 40 Time: Did not run
Started just 23 of 47 games played at LSU, catching 160 balls for 1,943 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Skill Set:
Doucet is a bit of an enigma. He spent much of his collegiate career playing behind a pair of first-rounders, Dwayne Bowe and Craig Davis; when it finally came for his turn in the spotlight, he was slowed by a groin injury and delivered a subdued set of statistics. Like his former teammate Bowe, Doucet has good size and excellent hands and worst-case projects as a solid NFL possession receiver. He plays faster than his timed speed tends to indicate, though, and if his top-end speed returns after a season-long bout with injuries Doucet can add the deep ball to his repertoire as well; as of his pro day performance, though, his best 40 effort was 4.57. 

Scouts are split on where Doucet’s game will go in the pros. Some feel he’s another Anquan Boldin waiting to be uncovered, hidden by Bowe and Davis in college but capable of becoming a true No. 1 receiver at the next level. Another school suggests Doucet is at best a complementary receiver, a solid secondary option who’ll struggle if asked to be the go-to-guy. There are enough other receiver options in this draft class that Doucet should have little difficulty finding a good fit for his skills.

Possible Destinations:
Doucet doesn’t appear to be challenging to be the first receiver off the board, though he may end up there by attrition. He’s be a good fit for teams like the Dolphins, Bills, and Eagles, but in the second round; asking Doucet to come in with the expectations of a first-round receiver is not a recipe for success. If there’s an unexpected run on receivers through the middle of round one Doucet could go to the Titans with their top selection, and the Cowboys, 49ers, and Giants might all be in the market for a pass-catcher on Day One as well.

Fantasy Impact:
As a rule fantasy folks are already down on rookie receivers, and for one who is projecting to be a complementary piece of the puzzle as Doucet is… well, there doesn’t seem to be a very big upside here. Of course, those making the Boldin comparisons might beg to differ; after all, Boldin was among the few first-year receivers to make a splash. It will take a serendipitous tumbling of dominos—health, regained speed, the proper NFL opportunity—for Doucet’s pro impact to arrive… um… early.

Dynasty league titles aren’t built on possession receivers, but the fact that Doucet could blossom into more provides a reason to stash him away and give him a couple years to develop. There’s no real downside to Doucet’s game, and if his speed returns—or he lives up to the Boldin comparisons—you’ll have a solid fantasy contributor at a bargain price.

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