Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana

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Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana

Postby Pudge » Sat Apr 09, 2011 10:40 pm

Indiana Junior
40: 4.62


Has a good combo of size and speed. Has nice hands and is able to make the grab in traffic. Flashes ball skills and can contribute in the redzone. Shows good speed and acceleration after the catch. Shows some toughness as a runner after the catch as well. Does a good job on reverses, end-arounds, and screens. Capable return threat with the potential to break the big one due to his speed and burst.


Can be inconsistent with his offensive production. May not have elite speed and burst to really be a game-breaker every time he touches the ball. Dances too much at times as a returner, spending too much time going east and west on punts as well as on kickoffs.


I saw three games of Indiana, but Doss did very little until the third game. So while he flashed upside, I didn't quite see a body of work that indicated he was one of the top wideouts that other draft experts seem to think he is. But a reason for that could have been the groin injury that caused him to miss the season opener that he underwent surgery on after the season. So apparently he wasn't 100% the whole year. He managed to finish with 63 catches for 706 yards (11.2 avg) and 7 touchdowns, so he did fine. Although a big chunk of his production came in two games vs. Michigan and Arkansas State where he combined for 23 catches for 324 yards (14.1 avg) and a touchdown. His junior year, he had 77 catches for 962 yards (12.5 avg) and 5 touchdowns. Missed a big chunk of his sophomore year with shoulder and knee injuries, so durability has always been an issue with him. Also combined for 290 rushing yards (6.9 avg) and 2 scores during his career. Returned 66 career kickoffs for a 23.5 average and 11 punts for 8.5 yards.


Doss has talent, but even accounting for the groin injury, I don't see anything special in him. He has a good enough combo of size, speed, and burs to be a starter at the next level. But he seems more like a complementary guy in the Jerricho Cotchery/Nate Burleson sort of mold than a guy that is going to develop into a consistent threat. Like those two, potentially you can live with him as your No. 2 guy, but he's not going to be considered a go-to threat. His immediate value is as a return specialist. I'm not sure he's going to be a big-time playmaker there, but shows the skills that he can be like Eric Weems in that he can help you on field position rather than being a guy that breaks loose for a bunch of touchdowns. He needs to be more disciplined there. The durability is a concern. Without it, he's a backup. If he can stay healthy, he should have the time and ability to develop as a capable complement and No. 2 option. Otherwise, he's a decent No. 3 or 4 guy that his value will be based off his production on special teams rather than what he contributes on offense. You like his ability after the catch, but at this point he looks like a big athlete rather than a polished receiver. And thus at this point I'm confident he'll be at least a poor man's Josh Cribbs, with the potential to be more.


Doss has the size and speed that can work in Atlanta both in the slot and potentially on the outside. But the durability is an issue and at least early on, you question how much he'll contribute. As a return man he could be a nice alternative to Weems going forward because of his greater potential on offense, but he's not really good enough to beat him for the job in a fair competition. Most likely, he can potentially work as a No. 4 option as a rookie, with the potential to grow from there. By his third season, he should be knocking on the door as the No. 2 guy opposite White. There he can be a nice option that can make some plays, and at least be able to do a lot better than Jenkins does after the catch. Even if he's no more capable of getting open and catching the ball, that alone should make him at least a slight upgrade if he can remain healthy.


Doss has potential, but I think because of his longer length to impact than other prospects and the fact that there are durability concerns, you should probably hold off drafting him until the fourth round. But a team taking him late in the third that has need for a returner and a developmental backup makes some sense.

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 3.5
Hands: 3.0
After Catch: 4.0
Body Control: 3.0
Range: 3.5
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