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Early Doucet a nice late-rounder
Posted May. 23 at 11:33 PM
Anquan Boldin's trade to Baltimore in the offseason opens up a regular starting spot for Steve Breaston in Arizona's passing offense. Accordingly, he's the guy attracting mid-round attention in preseason drafts.
But a guy to consider with a late-round pick is the presumed No. 3, Early Doucet. As this article at the team website points out, it's Doucet who was originally seen as Boldin's replacement, and his size, skill set and style of play has some referring to him as "Q too."
Larry Fitzgerald speaks highly of Doucet, pointing out that he's been "working, working, working." Breaston has a 1,000-yard season on his resume; it's not likely that Doucet will pass him in the preseason. Doucet, though, is a bigger (6-0, 212 compared to 6-0, 189), stronger player than Breaston, and Breaston was limited by injury at the start of last season, sitting out the season opener.
It's also worth noting that in last year's playoffs, with Boldin sidelined due to injury, Doucet's stat totals for the two games were 14-145-2, compared to 11-177-1 for Breaston. Arizona will almost certainly pass less this season, but given where the two players will be selected in drafts, Doucet might turn out to be a decent last-round flier.
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