Tag:Indiana
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:34 pm
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Indiana kicks standout senior WR Belcher off team

Heading into the 2011 season it appeared to be only a matter of time before senior DaMarlo Belcher would pass every other Hoosier wideout to rank as the most productive receiver in school history.

Now he's the one who's history.

Belcher, a 6-3, 214 pound senior who had caught the eye of pro scouts, was kicked off the team this week for an undisclosed violation of team rules. The first indication of trouble came Saturday when it was announced shortly before kickoff against Northwestern that the team had suspended him for the game.

Belcher's career at Indiana ends with him only two catches shy of James Hardy's record for most career receptions (191) and on pace to challenge the school record for career receiving yards. Instead, he finished his career sixth with 2,225 yards.

Belcher had been expected to be a star the Hoosiers could build around, especially with the loss of Tandon Doss to the NFL. A knee injury, however, kept Belcher out of a couple contests this season and while he was leading the club with 25 receptions at the time of his release, he "only" had 25 catches for 286 yards and a single score on the year. These were hardly the numbers the Indiana coaching staff was expecting from a wideout who earned honorable mention All Big-Ten honors after leading the conference with 78 catches for 832 yards and four scores.

Belcher is currently NFLDraftScout.com's 51st rated wideout for the 2012 draft. Scouts will certainly want to know the details of his release before they'll consider ranking him even this high on their own team's board.
Posted on: April 7, 2011 12:57 pm
 

All 32 teams represented at Indiana WR's Pro Day

Indiana wideout and kick returner Tandon Doss is considered one of the better "second-tier" prospects in the draft. This much was proven by the fact all 32 teams were represented at his Wednesday Pro Day, according to an NFL source on the scene.

Doss, who left after his junior season, is a two-time All-Big Ten selection who led the conference in all-purpose yards last season (175.8 per game) despite missing the opening game of the season with a groin injury. Doss battled through the injury throughout the season and had surgery on both groins on December 2, keeping him sidelined for the Combine and Indiana's initial Pro Day, March 10.

Doss, according to the source, was given a 2nd-3rd round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee.

Despite his production and high grade, teams are nervous about his recovery. Doss (6-2, 202 pounds) caught the ball fluidly during his workout Wednesday, but timed slower than hoped. This scout had him at 4.59 and 4.64, though NFL.com's Gil Brandt cites a source who had Doss timing between 4.62 and 4.67. Brandt also lists Doss as having a 32 ½-inch vertical jump , a 9-8 broad jump, and ran a 4.21 short shuttle and 7.04 3-cone drill and notes that these efforts are probably not indicative of Doss' true athleticism as he recovers from the surgery.

When healthy, Doss' ability as a downfield target and kick returner has been proven. Though he lacks true explosiveness, his size, good route-running and reliable hands make him an intriguing fit in the West Coast Offense.

Below is a video of his performance against Michigan in 2009. In it, you can see his versatility and big play ability.





Posted on: March 10, 2011 3:26 pm
 

Doss Boot?

Indiana receiver Tandon Doss did not work out at his school's pro day Thursday as he recovers from off-season surgery on both groins.

He is reported to be near 100%, but like Clemson's highly-rated defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, scheduled a private workout (April 6th in Bloomington) to continue his training (API-Bradenton, Florida) instead of risking aggravating an injury by running too early.

Doss missed the 2010 season opener because of this groin issue, and also missed four games in 2008 with shoulder and knee injuries.

Though talented (first team All-Big Ten with 63-706-7 receiving, 28-163-1 rushing, 41-1,016 kick returns last fall) and tough enough to play through the injury, teams may question whether he is durable enough to select in the second round.

--Contributed by NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Chad Reuter
Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: December 22, 2010 11:55 am
 

Five Top 75 Prospects You Don't Know

The Bowl season is always one of my favorite times of the year for scouting. The biggest reason is simply time management. With only a few games a day or week to scout, I have time to catch up on some of the film that I'd glossed over earlier.

The same applies to NFL scouts. With many home for the holidays, they're easier to get on the phone and exchange notes.

It is during this time that I'm usually able to pinpoint a few prospects across the country that are viewed as legitimate 2nd or 3rd round prospects by scouts but are perhaps not getting the media attention you'd expect for players with such high grades.

Here are five players that are earning these high grades but aren't yet generating a buzz in the mainstream media.

Learn these seniors' and juniors' names now. You'll be hearing them a lot more often soon.

WR Tandon Doss, Indiana: I listed the five prospects alphabetically, but it is appropriate that Doss leads off the list. With the likes of A.J. Green, Justin Blackmon, Julio Jones and so many other top underclassmen receivers generating all of the attention there are a host of talented wideouts not getting enough hype. At the top of that list in my opinion is the Hoosiers' Doss, a 6-3, 200 pound junior who quietly led the Big Ten with 175.8 all-purpose yards per game. How disrespected is Doss? The Big Ten media only recognized him as a Second Team all-conference player. The league's coaches, on the other hand, made him a First Team choice. 

RB Jamie Harper, Clemson:
With NFL teams increasingly moving towards a committee of running backs, big backs are finding more opportunities to run and catch rather than just be relegated to blocking duties. Running and catching is precisely what the 5-11, 235 pound junior does well. Scouts on hand for Harper's 197 all-purpose yards in the win over Florida State left gushing about his power, quick feet and soft hands... 

CB Curtis Marsh, Utah State: Marsh might just be the hottest senior defensive prospect in the country right now. Switching from running back to cornerback only two years ago, Marsh has shown rare agility and straight-line speed for a man of his size (6-1, 200). The Senior Bowl has noticed, reportedly inviting Marsh to the game. 

CB Johnny Patrick, Louisville: Patrick wasn't on my original list (BYU OT Matt Reynolds was), but his standout performance last night in the Beef O'Brady's Bowl matchup against Southern Miss only confirmed what I'd seen on tape earlier in the year . Patrick was beaten for a TD early, but I love the competitiveness he showed throughout the rest of the game, forcing a fumble, blocking a kick, providing lockdown coverage and coming up aggressively in run support. The four-letter network that covered the game last night rank Patrick 35th among cornerbacks. NFLDraftScout.com ranks him 6th (among seniors).

DT Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple: Wilkerson has received some attention this year, but not nearly enough. The past two seasons Wilkerson, a junior, has averaged 65 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. If Wilkerson had enjoyed this production in the SEC or Big 12 rather than the MAC, he'd not only be considered a first round pick, he'd be in the top 20. As more scouts break down his tape, don't be surprised if he ends up there.

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Posted on: March 13, 2010 9:04 pm
 

Bengals tip hand with workout?

Cincinnati offensive line coach Paul Alexander put Indiana offensive tackle Rodger Saffold through an intense workout during the Hoosiers' Pro Day Friday. Some throughout the league are taking it as a sign the Bengals are very high on Saffold and potentially likely to draft him.

Coaches traveling to Pro Days to work out players is hardly a newsbreaking event, but the Bengals, perhaps because they have the smallest scouting staff in the NFL, tend to rely heavily on the opinions of their coaches on draft day.

It was Paul Alexander, sources tell me, that supplied the primary argument for the team selecting Andre Smith with the sixth pick of the draft last year.

I was told of his preference before the draft, which is why I correctly predicted the Bengals would select the enigmatic blocker.

Saffold, according to sources, was very impressive in the workout.

Saffold impressed scouts throughout the season, but really stepped up his play during the week of practice at the East-West Shrine Game. I believe he would have been the best tackle at the Senior Bowl, had he been invited to Mobile.






 
Posted on: February 25, 2010 2:59 pm
 

Indiana OT Rodger Saffold impressive...

NFL scouts consistently tell me that the single most underrated component of the Combine is the "feel" teams get for players through the informal and formal interviews.

Like many coaches (who have worked their up through high school, college to the NFL level), my background lies in education. This has often come up when discussing with scouts how to quickly "size up" players' personality.

No player invited to the Combine lacks the ability to play football. The tough part of scouting is not in differentiating the players who can play, but the ones who will continue the work necessary to improve their play once they are given an NFL paycheck.

In that case, after being less than wowed with some of the higher-rated tackles of this draft that have come through the media room, thus far, I was very impressed with Indiana's Rodger Saffold. The former Indiana player has the uniquely sculpted, yet stout build scouts look for in a left tackle. He was also very thoughtful, articulate and passionate with his answers.

I fully realize how little the ability to impress in workouts means on the football field. Considering that Saffold has already struck me as a woefully underrated prospect due to his size, strength and agility, I (and more importantly, scouts) don't have many reservations about his game.

Soon, they won't have reservations about his intelligence and dedication either.


 
 
 
 
 
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