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."
Doss garnered second-team All-Big 10 accolades from league coaches by leading the conference in all-purpose yards (77-962-5 receiving, 14-127-1 rushing 25-533 kick returns, 4-44 punt returns.) Coaches voted him first-team all-conference in 2010 and he finished in the top 10 nationally in all-purpose yards. Though he had fewer receptions (63-706-7), he accumulated more on rushes (28-163-1) and returns (41-1,016 on kickoffs, 7-49 on punts).
Doss could be in a similar position as Hardy, waiting through part of the second round before hearing his name called. His hands and strength will actually remind scouts more of one of Cleveland's 2008 second-round picks, Mohamed Massaquoi than Hardy. The depth at receiver this year could push him into the third because he lacks great speed and elusiveness. With work on his fundamentals, however, Doss could have a long career as a No. 2 receiver.
Release: Tall, high-cut receiver who is stiff coming off the line. Plays in the slot and outside, does not often get pressed because smaller college corners may lose the battle. Needs to show he can beat the jam with his hands. If allowed to come off free, he effectively uses his long strides to get down the sideline but may struggle to separate against NFL corners.
Hands: His best asset, scouts will like his hands and ability to concentrate in traffic. Gets his hands out in front when receiving passes. Extends outside of his frame for high, wide and low throws. Can bring in throws one-handed and continue downfield. Tracks the ball over either shoulder, raises his hands up to make the grab instead of cradling. Has height and vertical to go up over corners, but must play physically and want the ball more than veteran NFL corners. Has improved the consistency of his concentration after dropping catchable balls early in his career.
Route Running: Needs to be more consistent in his route-running to succeed in the NFL. Flashes suddenness and foot quickness on some jerk and comeback routes but is lazy on other routes when he is not the primary target. Must get his head around quicker to find passes. Takes advantage of five-receiver sets to find holes inside on zones, needs to prove he can be physical to create separation against man coverage.
After the Catch: Tough runner after the catch. Takes hits over the middle, keeps his balance to plow forward. Lowers his head to bull over cornerbacks in the open field; unfortunately he also lowers his head instead of using vision to elude defenders. Turns after hitch routes to get upfield but is not overly quick about it. One of the team's best athletes, was used often on bubble screens and fly-sweeps to get the ball in his hands. Productive kick returner because of his strength and open-field stride, though his vision is only adequate and has average elusiveness and straight-line speed.
Blocking: Gives limited effort as a blocker, especially when the run is not to his side. Flashes the strength to wall off his defender, however, and has the size to do so.
Intangibles: Confident but quiet player. Well-liked in the locker room, leads by example rather than with words."
Positive: Consistent and reliable pass catcher who comes with a polished game. Fluid releasing off the line, adjusts to the errant throw, and nicely makes the reception in stride. Shows skill running after the catch and works hard to pick up positive yardage. Effectively uses his frame to shield away opponents and protect the pass. Follows blocks running after the reception or returning kicks. Goes up in a crowd for the difficult catch, displays good focus, and consistently makes the reception away from his body. Works routes and consistently comes back to the quarterback.
Negative: Displays a burst of speed but is not a true vertical threat. Possesses a thin frame and loses out in battles.
Analysis: Doss is a reliable pass catcher and the go-to guy opponents struggled to stop on the college level. He has NFL type skills and projects as a productive third or fourth receiver, lending a hand as a return specialist."
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... Missed the 2010 season opener due to a groin injury... 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."
Weaknesses: Still needs a bit more strength and to do a better job of working back to the ball in flight.
Projection: A big year could push him towards the top 3 rounds."
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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