ARLINGTON, Texas (SMU) – SMU wide receiver Courtland Sutton has been chosen by the Denver Broncos as the eighth pick in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Sutton joins former SMU standout Emmanuel Sanders in Denver.
Sutton becomes the first Mustang drafted since 2014 when Kenneth Acker and Garrett Gilbert went in the sixth round. He is also the first second round pick since Margus Hunt was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013. He is the highest-drafted Mustang at No. 40 overall since Rod Jones was selected 25th in 1986.
Sutton earned SB Nation All-America Honorable Mention accolades and was a first-team All-American Athletic Conference selection following his junior season. The Brenham, Texas, native ranked eighth nationally in receiving touchdowns with 12, while coming in at 21st in receiving yards (1,085) and 26th in receiving yards per game (83.5). He was second on the team with 68 receptions.
Sutton made appearances on the Biletnikoff and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Watch Lists. He earned first-team preseason All-America honors from CBS Sports and College Football News, along with second-team recognition from the Associated Press and USA Today.
During his time on the Hilltop, Sutton climbed into the top 10 on career lists for receiving yards (3,220), receptions (195), touchdown receptions (31) and 100-yard receiving games (20). Sutton was also named to Biletnikoff and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose watch lists as a sophomore, and has twice been selected to the all-conference first team.
As a sophomore, Sutton set an SMU single-game record for receiving yards (252) and set the sophomore record with 1,246 receiving yards on the season. His freshman season, Sutton set the freshman receiving yards record (862) and tied Emmanuel Sanders’ freshman total for receiving touchdowns with nine.