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Indiana wideout Tandon Doss to declare for draft

Posted on: January 3, 2011 3:24 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It's not just the Alabamas and Ohio States of the world who have to deal with early departures for the greener grass of the NFL, unfortunately for teams like Indiana, who despite their 5-7 record appear to be losing second-leading receiver Tandon Doss. According to this report from the Indiana student paper, Doss has already informed new Hoosier head coach Kevin Wilson that he will enter the draft and not return for his senior season in Bloomington.

One the one hand, it's a surprise almost by definition for a player with the label "Indiana's second-leading receiver" to be declaring early; Indiana's never been a hotbed of draftable talent, and Doss's statistics -- 63 receptions, 706 yards, 7 touchdowns -- are nice but don't exactly scream "NFL-ready receiving prospect." On top of that, Wilson's Oklahoma offenses were consistently some of the most explosive in the country, and even without departed senior quarterback Ben Chappell, Doss might have found himself riding the updrafts from a suddenly-buzzworthy Hooiser attack next season.

But on the other: without Chappell and with Wilson learning the ropes as a head coach, there's nothing guaranteed for anyone on the Hooiser offense, particularly not a receiver battling the likes of current No. 1 Damarlo Belcher and rising big-play threat Duwyce Wilson for catches. Doss should be able to turn at least a few pro heads, too, as a 6'3", 200-pound target with hands enough to collect 140 receptions the last two years. He may be entirely correct that another year in Bloomington won't do a thing for his draft stock, while it's always possible an injury or crater year for the offense lowers it past the point of being drafted.

Indiana fans won't be happy. But Doss has as many reasons for going as for staying, and it's hard to blame any prospect in that situation from trying to earn a paycheck as quickly as possible.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 11:53 am
 

Indiana wideout Tandon Doss to declare for draft

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Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2011 9:24 am
 

Indiana wideout Tandon Doss to declare for draft

This happens quite often in the NCAA, and I don't blam Doss a bit.  No he is not the best receiver out there, but he has size, speed, and hands.  That will be ensure him a spot on a NFL roster.  He may not be ready to step in as a starter on day one, but he will be a late rd. pick that will not be getting millions of dollars.  This makes him a perfect player to develop into a quality NFL player(which is what teams used to always do with rookies before they were paid $15 million/ yr).  There are plenty of teams who are looking for a 3rd WR to groom into their system.  As far as Indiana U goes: Indiana's never been a hotbed of draftable talent and another year in Bloomington won't do a thing for his draft stock, are intirely valid points.  Nobody looks at Indiana as a serious talent pool for drafting football players from.  They will not have enough talent around him to even make him look good.  Much less put him in spotlight bowl game, or to shine in any big game.  If he got hurt next year in college he would be dropped from a 5th rd draft pick to not picked at all.  I say go get drafted while you can and make some money.  If he played on a bigger, better, high profile school maybe it would help his draft rating(say like Ohio St.), but he doesn't.  In the end univeristies are just interested in the money players can generate for them and their programs, so why shouldn't a player be interested in making money for himself while he can.


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