Chris Maurice tells us why NFL teams are taking a hard look at Tulane’s Lorenzo Doss.
Tulane Green Wave cornerback Lorenzo Doss (6) runs past North Texas Mean Green wide receiver Darvin Kidsy (4) after intercepting a pass during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
(C+P) — The Tulane Green Wave may not have been the most dominant force in American Athletic Conference, but no one can deny that they had a solid defensive unit. Now, with the 2015 NFL Draft quickly approaching, cornerback Lorenzo Doss has his sights set on a football career on Sundays.
Doss was the undisputed leader of the Green Wave’s defense this past season, totaling 48 tackles, three interceptions and a team-high nine pass breakups in 2014. Doss also earned Second Team All-American Athletic Conference honors for his outstanding performance this past season, and 2014 was actually his worst statistical performance at Tulane: Doss totaled five interceptions as a true freshman, and seven during his sophomore season.
Doss decided he would forgo his senior year at Tulane for an early start in the NFL. Although he’s leaving early, Doss should have no problem finding employment with a professional team—in fact, Doss was listed as the sixth best cornerback prospect for 2015 rookies.
Doss may not be the sixth corner of the board this draft, but he is certainly drawing some interest. Doss reported recently that he has been contacted by and spoken to almost all 32 NFL franchises before the NFL Combine.
Doss had a pretty good combine, but he has been earning more attention because of his offseason work. Doss has shown teams that he’s a playmaker with 15 interceptions in three seasons, but one of his biggest weaknesses in college was his transition in and out of breaks. Well, Doss wasn’t about to let anything make teams hesitant about pulling the trigger and drafting him; and with the help of Will Sullivan and Brad Fisher, Doss went to work on his form: “I feel comfortable with it now… [They] helped me get smoother in and out of my breaks.”
As Doss looks forward to the NFL, he can’t help but reminisce about the people that helped him along the way, none more influential than his secondary coach at Tulane. “My secondary coach Lionel Washington…what he did for me over my three years is crazy,” said Doss. “He turned a [high school] receiver into a cornerback with 15 interceptions. That did it for me.”
The NFL begins April 30. Doss hopes that by May 2 he’ll have a new home in the National Football League.