Due to signings of Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams, unrelated news about the Raiders’ wide receiving corps has been harder than usual to come by. One player who would probably fly under the radar is Keelan Doss. The Raiders will give him ample time to win a job.
A rookie from FCS school UC Davis, Doss went undrafted, but performed well enough for the Raiders’ coaches to earn a contract. In fact, Doss performed well enough to receive more than just a pat on the back, as he was one of the players to receive a Raiders sticker slapped on his helmet by Jon Gruden. The Raiders have clearly had their eyes on Doss and do not care who knows it.
Overcome the Odds
Players from FCS schools remained undervalued, but Doss deserves some attention. In 2017, Doss put forth a monster season in which he recorded 1499 receiving yards, a total that would put him 60th on the all-time list for receiving yards in a season had he been in the FBS. Doss would finish as a Walter Payton Award finalist. That award recognizes top player in the FCS. In addition, he earned AP FCS All-American and the Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year nods.
Doss measures in at 6’3” and 210 pounds. He did not participate in the NFL Combine but did participate in the UC Davis Pro Day. On that day, according to Good Morning Football co-host Mike Garafalo, Doss ran a 40-yard dash “in the mid-4.4s.”
Sacramento Bee Senior Staff Writer Joe Davidson attended the Pro Day and vouched for Doss: “Doss looked and played the part of All-American receiver and also checks all the boxes on character.”
An All-American with great character, how did Keelan Doss go undrafted?
Garafalo would also report that Doss went undrafted due to a pectoral injury. Many scouts and mock draft creators had Doss on their board. Garafalo pegged Doss as a mid-round talent, while NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah saw Doss as his 99th overall prospect.
Doss has the talent and the character to gel and thrive with this Oakland Raiders team. But the coaches and scouts have done all they can for him, they helped get him signed, but it is all in his hands now.
With the previously mentioned wide receiver signings, the wide receiver depth chart already has at least two spots locked up. It is now up to Doss to outperform his peers in training camp and preseason games. However, when all said and done, expect Keelan Doss to not only make the roster, but to thrive.