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TCU’s Josh Doctson ready to run, do drills in return from surgery

Former TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson, a graduate of Mansfield Legacy High School, is a first-round prospect for the NFL Draft.
Former TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson, a graduate of Mansfield Legacy High School, is a first-round prospect for the NFL Draft. Star-Telegram

Josh Doctson didn’t make it to media interviews with most of the NFL Scouting Combine’s other receivers. TCU’s star receiver arrived a day late after having his surgically repaired wrist examined all day Thursday.

“I had a lot of doctors pulling and tugging on me,” Doctson said Friday. “It was a little different. Everybody had a chance to look at my wrist. I spent a lot of time with doctors and getting MRIs.”

Doctson injured his wrist in a Nov. 7 loss to Oklahoma State. Dr. Eric Wroten, a Fort Worth-based orthopedic surgeon, inserted two pins into Doctson’s arm during surgery later that month.

Doctson said he will do every drill at the scouting combine.

“I am about 100 percent right now,” Doctson said. “They did a great job getting me back to full strength.”

His 40-yard dash time likely decides just how high Doctson goes in the draft.

“His 40 time’s going to be important,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said in a recent conference call. “If he runs a real good 40, he’s a [first-rounder]. If he doesn’t, he’s probably an early-to-mid [second round].”

Doctson, who is 6-foot-2 and weighs 202 pounds, said he expects to run faster than many draft analysts think. His estimated 40 time has been in the 4.5-second range.

“It is important to myself more than anything,” Doctson said. “I want to prove to myself that I can run fast. I will be doing that [Saturday].”

Doctson didn’t run many double moves or routes from the slot, things he has worked on during pre-combine training. He’s confident he will show scouts a diverse route tree in drills.

“My routes were limited due to our air raid, fast, uptempo offense,” he said. “We didn’t run a lot of different routes, so that would probably be one of the biggest things [scouts want to see].”

Doctson finished last season with 79 catches for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was in the running for the Biletnikoff Award, won by Baylor’s Corey Coleman, until he injured his wrist.

Now, Doctson is battling Coleman, his good friend, and Ohio State’s Michael Thomas to be the second receiver drafted behind Mississippi’s Laquon Treadwell.

“All of Doctson’s experience came in a spread offense that didn’t ask him to run a full route tree, but he shows outstanding effort on throws in his ZIP code, expanding his catch radius, contorting his body and finding ways to finish catches,” said Dane Brugler, a draft analyst for CBS Sportsline. “He bailed out errant passes by quarterbacks a number of times on film and, although he lacks polish in areas, Doctson has the resilient mentality and skill set to contribute early in a NFL offense.”

Doctson has come a long way since leaving Mansfield Legacy with only two scholarship offers, spending one season at Wyoming, walking on at TCU — where he had served as a “Bleacher Creature” — to becoming one of college football’s best.

“I kind of reminisce everyday,” he said. “When I think about the combine, I’m not supposed to be standing here on this stage. I’m blessed with the opportunity. I have got to take full advantage of the opportunity. Not being recruited out of high school, I don’t hold any grudges, but anybody would love to be in my shoes right now. I am just fortunate I am standing right here, so I am taking all of it as blessings.”

Charean Williams: 817-390-7760, @NFLCharean

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