Josh Doctson got his invite in a phone call last week. It didn’t take the TCU receiver long to accept the NFL’s offer of an all-expenses-paid trip to Chicago for the draft.
“It was a quick yes,” Doctson said in a phone interview Tuesday. “Just growing up watching the draft, this is a good experience for the whole family to get up there. This is like the climax of my collegiate process and the beginning of the next chapter.”
Doctson, who played at Mansfield Legacy, joins Alabama defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson, who played at Arlington Heights, in Chicago along with 23 other prospects, including Baylor’s Corey Coleman, for the April 28-30 draft. It marks the first time Tarrant County has sent two players to the NFL Draft.
Both are projected as first-round picks.
The NFL also announced that TCU coach Gary Patterson and Baylor coach Art Briles will also attend the draft.
Arlington High’s Luke Joeckel was the last Tarrant County product to attend the draft and hear his name in the first round, going No. 2 overall to the Jaguars in 2013.
“It’s going to be great,” Robinson said in a phone interview. “I met Josh at the college awards, and we talked about who we knew. We have a lot of the same friends. It’s pretty cool for him to be there, too. It’s big for us to be there and represent Tarrant County.”
Offensive lineman Blake Brockermeyer, another Heights alum, was the last Fort Worth ISD product to go in the first round. The Carolina Panthers drafted Brockermeyer 29th overall in 1995.
“It’s pretty cool all across the map,” Robinson said. “It’s surprising that Blake was the last one. I’m just going to enjoy the moment and see where God takes me.”
Doctson elevated himself into a sure first-rounder after wrist surgery, with a solid combine and Pro Day. He projects as a late first-rounder, with the Minnesota Vikings at No. 23 or the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 24 as potential destinations.
Doctson has been catching passes from Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton at TCU the past few weeks. He said going to Cincinnati would be a bonus.
“Andy’s a great guy,” Doctson said. “It could be a storybook ending, but regardless I’m going to be excited wherever I do get chosen.”