Former Hornet to Attend NFL Combine

 

Alameda High School (AHS) graduate and National Football League (NFL) hopeful Keelan Doss will participate in the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., this weekend.

Doss, who graduated from AHS in 2014, will be among more than 300 athletes to participate in the seven-day, invite-only event designed for NFL prospects. They will undergo agility skills tests and one-on-one interviews with NFL team personnel. Prospects will also undergo a full health evaluation by NFL doctors. 

The first three days consist of team interviews, media interviews and a weightlifting session. The final four days consist of position agility skills testing. Doss plays the wide receiver position.  The wide receiver portion of the skills test, along with the quarterbacks, running backs and tight ends, will take place Saturday, March 2. 

Doss was invited to the NFL Combine due to his performance as a member of the UC Davis football team. Doss, who stands 6’ 3” and weighs 204 pounds, led his team in all receiving categories in the 2016 to 2018 seasons. The Alameda native grabbed 66 throws for 911 yards and 10 touchdowns in 11 games (10 starts) in 2016. He earned second-team All-Big Sky accolades for the year. 

He caught 115 passes and tallied 1,499 receiving yards to go along with seven touchdowns in 11 games during 2017. He was named a finalist for the Walter Payton Award as the top player in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), as well as an Associated Press (AP) FCS All-American and Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year (“Alameda High Alum Finishes Third for Football Award” Jan. 18, 2018). Doss was also named to the AP FCS All-American first team. He led the FCS in receptions (10.5) and receiving yards (136.3) per game. 

In 2018, he ranked among the nation’s leaders with 118 receptions and 1,334 receiving yards. He scored nine touchdowns in 13 starts. He was named a unanimous first-team Great West all-conference selection and second-team AP FCS All-American (“Hornet Alumnus Doss Earns Football Honor” Jan. 11). 

NFL scout analyst, Lance Zierlein, wrote on NFL.com that Doss “wins with a high football IQ and above-average skill level” and “has a feel for finding catches.” Doss’ other strengths include: NFL- ready frame and smart footballer, runs routes with advanced attention to detail, top-notch ball skills across the board, soft hands to pluck it and tuck in traffic and more. His weaknesses include: lack of feet suddenness, inconsistent hauling in throws behind him, does not show top-level speed, nothing special after the catch and more.

Doss has been busy since his college football career ended. Last week, he competed in the Reese’s Senior Bowl, a showcase game among NFL hopefuls who completed their senior college football seasons, where he caught four passes for 55 yards. His play got high praise from Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, who coached Doss’s team.

The NFL Combine began in 1982. The combine will be broadcasted Friday through Monday, March 1 to 4, at 8 a.m. on ABC.