A day-by-day Broncos player breakdown is something we've been doing since our days at BroncoTalk nearly a decade ago. This year the tradition continues as we look at the Denver Broncos roster heading into the 2015 season in our 90-in-90 series.
Name: Lorenzo Doss
Height: 5'11 Weight: 187
Age: 21 Experience: R
Even though the Denver Broncos have one of the deepest units of cornerbacks in the NFL, it didn't stop them from upgrading the position in the 2015 NFL draft by acquiring a pair of defensive backs from the University of Tulane. In a pass happy NFL, you can never have enough corners and the franchise certainly hopes that Lorenzo Doss can be an integral player who can make a big splash for them down the road.
Doss was an early entrant for the NFL Draft and was a full-time starter for two of his three seasons at Tulane. As a freshman, he started nine of the twelve game and earned honorable mention honors. The accolades continued to come in and he garnered first-team All-Conference honors his sophomore and junior seasons with the Green Wave. His big play ability had scouts across the NFL taking note of his performances and his upward movement on tentative draft boards began to occur.
After amassing 15 interceptions in three years, Doss decided it was time to make the next leap and move forward to the professional ranks. Despite eye-popping statistics in comparison to others in his class, Doss fell to the fifth round of the draft. A young player with tremendous upside, Doss brings a lot to the table, but has a myriad of concerns that need to be addressed in order to have a successful NFL career.
The good: Exceptional ball skills with a knack for making the big play. Smooth athlete in transition, quality hip movement and also sports a good backpedal. Possesses top-tier hand/eye coordination skills and great hands, which are a credit to his athleticism and experience at wide receiver in high school.
Above-average closing speed, but his ability to quickly diagnose plays and recognize route patterns helps him be in the right place at the right time. Versatile player who has experience in man, off-man and zone coverage. Highly regarded by his teammates and is dedicated to improving his game. High pain tolerance, showing the will to play through injuries and not miss any time.
The bad: Does not have the long speed required to consistently match-up with top tier receivers on the outside. That being said, his best fit might be inside as a slot corner in the NFL. Despite his experience in a variety of coverages, Doss is best suited for a defense utilizing heavy zone coverage concepts, as his play in other areas pales in comparison. A known risk taker who allows too many big plays.
Consistency issues are apparent. Didn't play well against opponents who above mid-major and had issues "playing down" to teams of lesser status. Needs to have a shorter memory. Once he gets beat, he is consumed by it. This allows for more mistakes and mental errors to happen through course of the game. Additionally, he lacks the tenacity and willingness desired in regard to run support.
Quotable: "I’m just looking to come in there and help the team out anyway I can. I know my abilities, and it will show. I just want to bring excitement to the team. I’m planning to be a playmaker, and that’s how I’m going to make a niche for myself in the league." — Doss on how he can make an impact on the Broncos
Status: Doss' draft status and upside will land him a spot on the teams active roster, but he will need to be coached and learn the nuances of the game before he sees quality playing time. Expect him to be a reserve corner on the roster that will see the field primarily on special teams. His play and body of work is reminiscent of former Lions and ex-Bronco cornerback Dre Bly.