Tuesday Draft Notes -- 3.0

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

This week’s edition of Tuesday Draft Notes is a hodge-podge of news on the injured, the underclassmen and the overrated.

I’m told that despite getting off to a very poor start this season, all signs point to receiver Courtland Sutton entering next April’s draft. Several mentioned to me Sutton has narrowed his list of potential agents but put it aside for the time being and will resume the process of picking an agent after the season.

The junior was close to entering the 2017 draft but decided to return to SMU for another season, and while there’s plenty of season left, it hasn't worked out thus far. Sutton, a Week 4 slider, has 13 receptions in four games this season with eight of those catches came against North Texas. At the top of his game, Sutton is a dominant possession receiver likely to get top-15 consideration.

Duke quarterback Daniel Jones is drawing a lot of praise in scouting circles, with some scouts now grading him as a second-day selection. The steady, efficient quarterback outplayed the more notable Clay Thorson during the Blue Devils' lambasting of Northwestern in Week 2.

We spoke of Jones back in August during our Duke prospect preview, and some tell me there is a chance he enters the draft.

Prior to suffering a season-ending knee injury during August camp, scouts had stamped Wisconsin linebacker Jack Cichy with third-round grades. Several people tell me Cichy, who’s eligible to apply for a medical redshirt, will enter next April’s draft and scouts are still confident Cichy will land in the middle rounds based on his junior film if his knee checks out.

The situation is not as cut and dry when it comes to Ray Lawry.

The Old Dominion running back struggled with hamstring issues throughout August camp and then played two games before being sidelined with a torn hamstring, as reported by Rotoworld.

Initial expectations were that Lawry would be sidelined for the rest of the season, but lately there’s a feeling he could return during the final few weeks. If he’s unable to make it back on the field, I’m told it’s not a certainty Lawry enters the draft and that he could apply for another season at ODU.

I had an interesting conversation with a league insider yesterday, who told me there are concerns as to how Oklahoma State receiver James Washington will fit at the next level.

The premise for the concern is that Washington has primarily been a vertical receiver in the Cowboys offense yet is not a true deep threat with a second gear. The belief is he’ll run in the mid-4.4 range rather than 4.3s area in predraft workouts and will also measure in the 5-foot-11 area.

This doesn’t mean Washington won’t have a productive career in the NFL, but rather that he may not be selected early in the draft as many presently predict. For comparative purposes, scouts stamped him as a late second/early third-round prospect before the season.