|Date of birth:October 28, 1985|
|Place of birth: New Iberia, Louisiana|
|High School: St. Martinville (LA)|
|Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)||Weight: 212 lb (96 kg)|
|College: Louisiana State|
|NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 3 / Pick: 81|
|Debuted in 2008 for the Arizona Cardinals|
|Roster status: Free Agent|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Early Joseph Doucet III (born October 28, 1985) is an American football wide receiver who last played 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 Doucet prepped at St. Martinville High School in St. Martinville, Louisiana. 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.
Early Doucet was a member of the Louisiana State University (LSU) Fighting Tigers. After catching 18 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns, 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 Miami 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 Dame.
As a senior in 2007, Doucet recorded 57 receptions, 525 yards and five touchdowns.
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.
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 0 in||203 lb||4.56 s||4.55 s||7.47 s||34½ in||9 ft 6 in|
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, resulting in a Cardinals' loss.
During the 2010 season, Cardinals receiver Early Doucet was out for several weeks after fracturing his ribs in Arizona's third preseason game. Doucet caught his first career playoff touchdown, a 15-yarder with 9:16 remaining in the first quarter of the NFC Wild Card playoff game between the Cardinals and Green Bay Packers on January 10, 2010. Early scored another TD with 2:16 before the half.
Before the 2011 season, Doucet changed his number from 80 to 85 to symbolize a new start. He finished the 2011 season with 54 receptions, 689 yards and five touchdowns, all career highs, in his fourth NFL season. Which also included a couple long touchdown catches against Carolina (70 yards) and San Francisco (60 yards).
On March 9, 2013, Doucet was released by the Arizona Cardinals.
- Cooney, Frank (April 3, 2008), "Any prize catches? Inside the draft's WR corps", USA Today, http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2008-04-02-sw-wide-receivers_N.htm
- Fiutak, Pete (April 9, 2008), "2008 NFL Draft - Ranking The Receivers", College Football News, http://cfn.scout.com/2/745247.html
- Coyle, Frank, "NFL Draft: 2008 Wide Receiver Rankings", Rivals.com, http://nfldraft.rivals.com/content.asp?SID=1164&CID=767677
- "Pro Football War Room: Early Doucet", SportingNews.com, April 27, 2008, http://warroom.sportingnews.com/nfl/draft/2008/players/7592.html
- LSU's Doucet in Super Bowl as Rookie, http://nbc33tv.com/sports/lsu/lsus-doucet-super-bowl-rookie
- Early Doucet: Cards lose Doucet indefinitely, http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/playerbreakingnews.asp?sport=NFL&id=4681&line=149544&spln=1
- Urban, Darren (March 9, 2013). "Early Doucet Cut, Brian Hoyer Tendered". azcardinals.com. http://www.azcardinals.com/news-and-events/article-2/Early-Doucet-Cut-Brian-Hoyer-Tendered/e0da6f3e-14f3-4adc-927b-22135b8cbc38. Retrieved 2013-03-09.