According to the Denver Broncos, they have signed fifth-round pick cornerback Lorenzo Doss to his rookie contract.
The Broncos selected Lorenzo Doss in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Doss played three seasons at Tulane and put up some good numbers. During his three-year career, he totaled 126 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, 14 interceptions(for 281 yards), 2 defensive touchdowns and 26 pass deflections. His best season came in 2013 when he totaled 34 tackles, 7 interceptions(for 185 yards) and two defensive touchdowns.
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The Broncos surprised some when they selected the Tulane cornerback in the fifth round. The cornerback position is considered one of, if not the deepest position on the roster. Doss's ball skills are what stood out to General Manager John Elway.
"Lorenzo’s got tremendous ball skills. I think he had 15 or 16 interceptions in his career at Tulane. I think he had four last year and maybe seven as a junior. But he has tremendous ball skills and cover skills. So we’re excited about getting him"
Doss is expected to compete with Kayvon Webster, Tony Carter, Omar Bolden and others for the 4th and 5th cornerback spot on the roster. He will also see plenty of time on the Broncos special teams unit.
One interesting scenario that could play out here is last season's first round pick Bradley Roby moving to free safety allowing Doss to play the slot. His skill set best translates to the slot cornerback position, so I could see the Broncos doing this.
Having Pro-Bowl cornerbacks Chris Harris and Aqib Talib on the roster gives the rookie a tremendous opportunity to learn the position from two of the best in the game. Doss is ready to take advantage of this opportunity and learn as much as possible from the two.
"Just going to watch the film, what they tell me on the field on each play and I know they’re some great guys. This is a great opportunity to learn from the best."
It will be interesting to see how the Broncos use Doss this season. He faces some stiff competition at a deep position on the Broncos. Doss has great ball skills, and if he shows those skills in training camp and the preseason he will get some playing time quickly.