A native of Brenham, Texas - Courtland Sutton was a three star recruit out of Brenham High School. His senior season he was named to the first team All-District as a wide receiver and second team All-District as a safety. Sutton received scholarship offers from BYU, Rice, Colorado State, and his now alma mater - SMU.

After redshirting his freshman year as a Mustang, Sutton played three full seasons and finished his career with 31 touchdown receptions (second most in school history) and 3,220 receiving yards (third most in school history). He stands as the all-time leader in reception yards in a single game (252 yards, South Florida [2016]).

Following the conclusion of his junior season, Sutton declared for the 2018 NFL Draft. He was selected by the Denver Broncos in the second round (40th overall) - the third wide receiver picked in his draft class. Sutton is the highest-picked SMU football player to be selected since 1986 and the first SMU player to be drafted in four years.

Sutton closed his first season in Denver with 42 receptions and 704 receiving yards. He recorded four touchdowns - tying the record for second most in franchise history by a Broncos rookie.