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Josh Doctson surprised but happy to land in Washington

TCU’s Josh Doctson poses for photos with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by Washington Redskins as the 22nd pick in the first round.
TCU’s Josh Doctson poses for photos with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by Washington Redskins as the 22nd pick in the first round. AP

The Bengals were a popular choice for TCU receiver Josh Doctson to land. The Minnesota Vikings made sense too. But the Washington Redskins?

The Redskins already had DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, though both are set to become free agents after this season.

“I can go in there and know that I’ll have a role, a smaller role than they do, and be able to just contribute,” said Doctson, a Mansfield Legacy product. “I think that’s the biggest thing, coming in and contributing where I can. I’ll be comfortable. I’ll be natural in doing that.”

But even Doctson expressed surprise that the Redskins called his number after a trade with the Texans, which allowed Houston to move up one spot to take Notre Dame receiver Will Fuller. The Redskins selected Doctson with the 22nd choice.

“I was kind of surprised by the pick, because they were flip-flopping back and forth,” Doctson said. “I didn’t really know what to expect. I was surprised by the pick, but I remember hearing what [the Redskins receivers coach Ike Hilliard] had to say to me at the combine. So I’m excited to go there.”

Doctson walked on at TCU after leaving Wyoming after one season. He finished his three-year TCU career with 179 catches for 2,784 yards and 29 touchdowns, accounting for two of the three 1,000-yard receiving seasons in school history.

He promises more big things in the NFL.

“Being without a scholarship, you’re viewed kind of in a different lens,” Doctson said. “If I’m a head coach, I got guys on scholarship, so I’m going to show them more praise, things like that, because those are guys that I recruited.

“I was one of those guys in the back, kind of invisible. I embraced that. Man, I’m going to be the janitor of this team. When I go into the room, you see the room is clean, you’re going to wonder who cleaned it. I’m just going to be sitting there smiling, because I know I did it. That’s how I approached TCU. That’s how I was able to stay grounded during my years there.”

Doctson had his family, including his mother, Tracy Syler-Jones, and TCU coach Gary Patterson with him in the green room. He was ready to go celebrate around several rounds of interviews that took a few hours after his selection.

“All my people are here,” Doctson said. “…So right now I’m ready to get back to the hotel and just hug everybody again and just what everybody is feeling like. Just really enjoy the night with them.”

(video by Charean Williams)

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