TCUs Josh Doctson poses for photos with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by Washington Redskins as the 22nd pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
The Washington NFL team added wide receiver Josh Doctson to the roster with its first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft on April 28.
While the receiver position wasn’t a glaring area of need for Washington, draft experts suggested that Washington simply stuck to their big board and took the best player available with the 22nd overall pick. That ended up being Doctson, a six-foot, two-inch, 203-pound receiver who made big plays during his career at Texas Christian University.
“He’s got height,” Washington head coach Jay Gruden told The Washington Post. “He’s got the mad leaping skills, which are very appealing, especially in the red zone. He’s another guy that’s going to bring athleticism to this offense, and we’re excited to have him.”
Doctson will join a receiving corps in Washington that already has big-time talent in veteran starters DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon. Doctson will compete for the third receiver spot alongside vets like Ryan Grant, Andre Roberts and Jamison Crowder.
Using a first-round pick on position already stacked with talent may have been a questionable decision, as other areas such as the team’s defensive line needed to be addressed. Washington needed to replace defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, who left via free agency. The best defensive linemen, including Kenny Clark, Robert Nkemdiche and Vernon Butler were all taken after Washington’s pick of Doctson.
“There’s arguments there that you can take defense, but we took the best player,” Gruden told the Post. “We addressed defense the other day with Josh Norman. We gave a first-round pick, so they should be happy. It’s about building a football team and taking the best player to help us, and we thought Josh was a perfect fit.”