Alameda High Grad Signs with Raiders

Ed Jay    Alameda High graduate Keelan Doss worked out for the Oakland Raiders at their Alameda facility before the NFL draft.

Alameda High School (AHS) graduate Keelan Doss signed with the hometown Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent Saturday, April 27.

Doss, who graduated from Alameda High in 2014, was expected to be picked by many football pundits in the middle rounds of the National Football League (NFL) draft, which took place April 25 to 27. However, the UC Davis graduate was not one of the 254 players selected in the seven-round draft. 

Doss suffered a pectoral injury at the NFL Combine in February that prohibited him from participating in some of the athletic testing drills. He was able to recover from his injury in time to take part in the UC Davis Pro Testing Day event and NFL team workouts earlier this month. Doss worked out with the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders earlier this month. 

Players who are not selected are free to sign with any team that offers a contract once the draft has ended. Undrafted free agents are given an unguaranteed contract and have to play well in training camp and the preseason to earn a spot on the team. Doss will join an Oakland Raiders receiver group that includes newcomers Antonio Brown (Pittsburg Steelers), Tyrell Williams (Los Angeles Chargers), J.J. Nelson (Arizona Cardinals) and Hunter Renfrow, a wide receiver selected in the fifth round of the NFL draft.

As a junior Doss, who stands at 6’ 3” and 205 pounds, caught 115 passes and tallied 1,499 receiving yards to go along with seven touchdowns in 11 games. He was named a finalist for the Walter Payton Award as the top player in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). He was also named an Associated Press (AP) FCS All-American and the Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year.

Doss followed up his junior campaign with an equally stellar senior season. Doss ranked among the nation’s leaders with 118 receptions and 1,334 receiving yards. He scored nine touchdowns. He started in all 13 Aggie games. He was named a unanimous first-team Big Sky all-conference selection for the second year in a row. He was named to the AP FCS All-American second-team.

Doss ended his collegiate career with 321 receptions for 4,069 yards and 28 touchdowns.

Doss was a three-year varsity letter-winnner at AHS. As a member of the Hornets he caught 56 passes for 998 yards and 12 touchdowns during his career. He caught 29 of those receptions for 577 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior during the 2013 season.

Doss will get his first chance to impress his new coaches at the  Oakland Raiders rookie minicamp, which begins Friday, May 3.