The Washington Redskins wide receiver corps just got deeper on Thursday night, as the team selected TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson with the No. 22 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Josh Doctson wasn't even thinking the Washington Redskins were considering him in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
But that all changed Thursday night, as the prolific wide receiver was picked by the Redskins with the No. 22-overall pick.
Doctson only met with the Redskins one time – an informal interview at the NFL Combine – prior to his selection.
"Yeah, I wasn't expecting it at all," Doctson admitted. "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."
Indeed, the Redskins went from the 21st-overall pick to the 22nd-overall pick after exchanging draft picks with the Houston Texans, who took Notre Dame wide receiver Will Fuller.
But with Doctson still available, the Redskins simply couldn't pass on the gifted wide receiver.
Doctson was an Associated Press first-team All-American in 2015 after piecing together one of the best seasons in recent memory by a college wide receiver, setting career highs across the board in receiving, hauling in 79 catches for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns.
The 6-foot-2, 202 pounder had a career day on Sept. 26 against Texas Tech, as he hauled in 18 receptions for 267 yards and three touchdowns.
"Josh is obviously a very productive receiver out of TCU," Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said to open his press conference following the selection. "Made a lot of big plays in his career. He's got height. He's got the mad leaping skills, which are very appealing, especially in a red zone obviously. He's another guy that is going to bring great athleticism to this offense. We're excited to have him."
Doctson joins an already loaded offense that is expected to do some serious damage in the passing game in 2016.
At wide receiver, the Redskins return both Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson along with the budding Jamison Crowder among others.
With the 22nd pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins selected wide receiver Josh Doctson of TCU. Take a look at his collegiate career in photos.
Of course, the aerial attack isn't complete without tight end Jordan Reed, too.
But Docton is slightly different than the rest of the weapons, especially the wide receivers, as he stands at 6-foot-2 and has an incredible vertical leap as seen at the NFL Combine.
"He'll get plenty of opportunities down there in the red zone," Gruden said. "He's got to earn his stripes. We have a very good receiving corps, no question about it. We've got Pierre, we've got Ryan Grant, we've got DeSean, [Rashad] Ross came on and played big for us, Jamison Crowder's a good player. But adding a guy with his height gives you a little different dimension, and we're excited to work with him."
Even with all of the veteran talent around him, Gruden expects Doctson to be a Day 1 contributor.
"You check all the boxes with him as far as 'person,' off the field," Gruden said. "He's a great person. He has got great work ethic, too. We did our due diligence on that. So you're bringing in a receiver with the great skillset that he has and a guy that is willing to get better, learn and work. That's really appealing. I anticipate him challenging for a lot of balls in this offense."
While he has yet to step onto an NFL football field, Doctson believes, in return, he can live up the standard other first-round wide receivers have set over the years.
If he does, the Redskins have a young and brilliant player to build around.
"My game starts with the most dominant trait a receiver should have and that's catching the football," Doctson said. "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."