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Prospect Profiles: Tandon Doss

TANDON DOSS, WR, INDIANA

Triangle Numbers: 6-2, 201, 4.55

Scouting Reports:

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Good height, tough to cover one on one down the field… Has great hands, catches the ball in front of his body with both hands… Good at plucking the ball out of the air, quickly extends his arms and secures the football… Solid route runner, gets in and out of his breaks quickly… Crafty player, finds holes in zone coverage and does a good job coming back to the quarterback when things break down… Reliable, always making plays and was the focal point of Indiana’s offense… Versatile player who can lineup in the backfield and return kicks… Solid kick returner, averaged 24.8 yards per kick return in 2010… Will be a solid possession receiver in the NFL.

Negatives: Not as strong as his size would indicate, has a thin frame and can get pushed around… Average speed, not really a home run hitter… Marginal blocker, doesn’t do a great job of walling off defenders… Despite playing in a spread offense, never really dominated at the collegiate level, never surpassed 1000 yards in a season and only had 13 touchdowns over the past three years… Seemed to fall off as a junior, his stats were padded by a 15 catch, 221 yard effort against a bad Michigan defense, surpassed 70 yards only two other times during the entire season… Indiana receivers have not translated well to the NFL in recent years… Would have liked to see him return to school for his senior season… Doesn’t excel at any aspect of the game… Did not run at the combine after having offseason surgery to repair a groin injury he suffered in the 2010 season opener, which also caused him to miss one game.

National Football Post:

A tall, pretty well-built wideout with a longer set of arms and a strong, big pair of hands. Plays in a spread offense and hasn’t been asked to beat much press coverage off the line of scrimmage. However, with some time, he has the physicality and above-average short-area quickness for his size to slip the bump and cleanly get into his route. Displays a savvy about his game as a route runner, does a nice job changing gears, using his head to look off corners and possesses good balance when asked to get down the field. Is a better vertical route runner at this stage. Will round off his breaks and drift into more sharply breaking routes over the middle of the field and possesses only average fluidity for a guy his size. However, does a nice job keeping his feet under him, maintains his balance and has a good initial burst to his game. Isn’t a real explosive vertical threat, but uses his body well to shield defenders from the throw once he gains a step, picks up speed as he goes and knows how to track the football.

Is a bit inconsistent with his hands/concentration at times. Showcases the ability to pluck the football away from his frame and make some really impressive grabs. Also, possesses good jump ball ability when he needs to go up and make a play. However, at times doesn’t maximize his length and will try to simply trap the ball against his chest in jump ball situations and will do the same when working the middle of the field at times. But, displays some good run after the catch ability. Is physical with the ball in his hands, accelerates quickly after his breaks and has enough fluidity, short-area quickness and strength to break a tackle, get up the field and loves to finish through contact.

Impression: Is a slightly above-average athlete for his size, but has a good frame, accelerates well vertically, has a little short-area quickness/wiggle to his game when focused and will consistently catch the football. Looks like a guy who can come in and make an impact as a sub-package receiver, but as he develops could mature into a solid No. 2 threat.

FF Toolbox:

Indiana University wide receiver Tandon Doss is a junior prospect who has declared early for the 2011 NFL Draft. Doss was a three-year starter for the Hoosiers who began playing as a true freshman. In his sophomore year, he led the team in receptions (77), receiving yards (962) and touchdowns (five, tied).

Doss has good size for a receiver (6’3, 200 lbs.) and possesses great hands. He catches the ball with his hands, rather than his body. He runs good routes and is good at improvising his route if the quarterback is in trouble. Doss is also good after the catch, despite lacking big-time speed.

Given his size, he is not particularly strong and can get pushed around in press coverage. Doss is an average blocker and doesn’t really get after defenders to create running lanes or extend the play for his teammates. Although he had a great sophomore year, his stats dropped off this season as a junior.

Doss should be used as a good, but rarely great possession receiver in the NFL. He is versatile enough to return kicks, but he simply doesn’t have the speed that scouts would want for that position.

Tandon Doss projects as a fifth-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft.

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Tandon Doss is a versatile number 2 type receiver who has been mocked to the Giants a few times. More of a slot, possession guy, he is sure handed, reliable, and will get you first downs. Can contribute on returns. Not blazing fast, more quick.  Reminds me of a taller Steve Smith. Maybe not as good. But that kind of skill set. The Giants don’t really need a receiver, although depth would be nice. Doss could go anywhere between the 2nd and 5th round. It’s a deep wide receiver class. Might have benefited from staying for his senior season. For depth purposes, wouldn’t be a bad choice. Could develop into another slot weapon for Eli Manning. If he’s there in the 3rd or 4th, take him. Too early in the 2nd.

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