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Early Joseph Doucet, III (born October 28, 1985, in ) is an American football wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cardinals in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Louisiana State.

Early years

Early Doucet prepped at St. Martinville High School in St. Martinville, Louisianamarker. Doucet was the top-rated receiver in the nation, as well one of the top five athletes. He was named an All-American by Parade. As a senior, he was named to First-team 4A all-state as well was honorable mention academic all-state. Doucet was exceptionally versatile, playing quarterback, running back, receiver, and return man for his team. He eventually ran for 3,592 yards on 470 carries and 52 touchdowns during his career. Doucet also participated in four different postseason teams, helping his basketball team to the state championship with Darrel Mitchell also an athlete from LSU, as well as taking his football team to the state semi-finals twice. He played in the 2004 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which is a national all-star game for some of the nation's best and brightest high school football players.

College career

Early Doucet was a member of the Louisiana State Universitymarker (LSU) Fighting Tigers. After catching 18 passes for 257 yards and two touch-downs, he was named to the All-SEC freshman team. Doucet played in 12 games, with three starts. His first career TD came on a 12-yard pass from JaMarcus Russell.

Doucet began taking a bigger part as he played in 12 games and started five. He did not play in the 2005 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against the University of Miamimarker Hurricanes due to an ankle injury, which he got during the SEC Championship Game against Georgia. He finished the season with 26 catches for 389 yards and five touchdowns.

Doucet played in 13 games with six starts, playing with Dwayne Bowe and Craig Davis to form a dangerous receiver corps. He improved his statistics drastically, ending up with 59 catches for 772 yards and eight touchdowns. He also rushed the ball eight times for 59 yards and two TDs. He played an instrumental role in the 2007 Sugar Bowl, where he caught eight passes for 115 yards in a rout of Notre Damemarker.

As a senior in 2007, Doucet recorded 57 receptions, 525 yards and five touchdowns.

Professional career

2008 NFL Draft

Doucet was regarded as one of the better wide receivers available in the 2008 NFL Draft, and drew comparions to Reggie Wayne. Since he neither has the speed nor size of elite wideout prospects, Doucet was projected as second to third round pick and a "No. 3 receiver" in the NFL. He was picked in the third round by the Arizona Cardinals with the 81st pick overall.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-0 203 lb 4.56 X X 4.55 7.47 34½ in. 9′06″ X X

Arizona Cardinals

In his NFL debut against the Buffalo Bills in week five, Doucet caught six passes for 42 yards. To round out his rookie season, Doucet reached Super Bowl XLIII with the Cardinals. Arizona played the Pittsburgh Steelers for the world championship on February 1, 2009 but lost.

2009 Season

Cardinals receiver Early Doucet is out indefinitely after fracturing his ribs in Arizona's third preseason game.


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