Former SMU receiver Courtland Sutton drafted by Denver Broncos in second round of NFL draft

ARLINGTON — After a day of waiting, SMU’s top NFL draft prospect has found his new home.

Former Mustang receiver Courtland Sutton was selected by the Denver Broncos with the eighth pick of the second round Friday night, going No. 40 overall.

Sutton is the highest-drafted SMU product since 1986, when Rod Jones and Reggie Dupard were selected consecutively in the first round. Sutton is also the first Mustang drafted since Kenneth Acker and Garrett Gilbert went in the sixth round in 2014.

Sutton, a Brenham native, played three years at SMU following his redshirt season. In that time, he reached second in SMU history in touchdown receptions (31) and third in receiving yards (3,220).

There were questions about where exactly Sutton would end up in the draft. While some pegged him as a first-round pick, others questioned his speed and route running and perceived him as a likely second rounder.

While he didn’t go in the first round, Sutton joins another former SMU receiver, Emmanuel Sanders, in Denver. Receiver was an area of need for the Broncos, so the rookie Mustang can get some early playing time.

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