Keelan Doss

2019 Senior Bowl: UC Davis receiver Keelan Doss could be fit for 49ers

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2019 Senior Bowl: UC Davis receiver Keelan Doss could be fit for 49ers

UC Davis wide receiver Keelan Doss caught NFL scouts' attention with his four reception, 55-yard performance at the Senior Bowl. That did not surprise Dan Hawkins, who has been his head coach for the past two seasons.

Hawkins describes Doss as a special breed of wide receiver, the complete opposite of a diva; a film-room junkie who quietly comes in every day and goes to work. 

“What a great kid,” Hawkins said. “He’s an amazing person, humble, smart and a good worker. I’m really pleased how he handled himself this week and it didn’t surprise me at all.”

Doss was equally complimentary about Hawkins. 

“It’s kind of just me as a person,” Doss said during his week in Mobile, Alabama. “I like to go out there and take care of business so I can’t thank coach Hawk enough for what he’s done helping my career since he’s been at UC Davis. I’m just thankful.” 

Hawkins believes there are few challenges for Doss as he prepares for the draft. One will be his 40-yard dash time, and the other will be proving he can get separation at the top of his routes. That’s not saying he’s worried about him at all, because he isn't. 

“Whatever team is lucky enough to get him,” Hawkins said, “will be very happy with him. He’s rare. He doesn’t just want to play, he will put in the work. He’s always the first one in and the last one out.” 

“I’ll be in the film room watching this whole practice right after this,” Doss said at the end of the first day of practice at the Senior Bowl. “Like to see what I messed up on, like to see what I’ve been good on and what I can improve on for next practice.” 

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Doss knows what he needs to work on heading towards the NFL scouting combine and the draft. At 6-foot-3 and over 200 lbs., he’s not a burner. But, his performance at the Senior Bowl already has scouts buzzing about him. 

“That’s what everyone will see out of me,” Doss said, “because I’m a big guy. Just going to keep training for it and let the results take care of themselves. I’m not worried about it. Got to go out there and work hard for it and see what happens.” 

Doss was so busy taking meetings with team scouts when he was in Mobile that Hawkins had to advise his receiver to get some rest, knowing there will be plenty of time for meetings in the coming months. 

Hawkins also praised Doss’ versatility, as the receiver spent time on offense and special teams. He was very proud of the first Senior Bowl practice, as Doss knew exactly what his job was on the punt team and other players seemed unsure of their roles. 

“I was fired up how he was jumping in there and rolling with it,” Hawkins said. “He can get the call 10 times or one time. It doesn’t matter. He keeps working.” 

After his first practice under Raiders coach Jon Gruden, Doss recognized the magnitude of who he was working with. 

“It was great,” Doss said. “He’s obviously very passionate about what he does. Just being coached by him and understanding what he’s trying to teach us is a big deal.” 

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Coach Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers personnel department also got a close look at what Doss in Mobile. He could be a viable addition to a receiving group that needed help -- and depth -- at the end of the 2018 season. 

No matter where he lands, Doss will be missed in the Aggies locker room in 2019. Yet, Hawkins couldn’t be more excited for the wide receiver's future. 

“When your best player is your hardest worker, it sets the tone for your team. He’s going to make a team very happy.” 

Jon Gruden, Raiders will coach intriguing wide receivers at Senior Bowl

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Jon Gruden, Raiders will coach intriguing wide receivers at Senior Bowl

The Raiders need new receivers, maybe more than one from the 2019 NFL draft class. A positional overhaul is expected and, when looking at a shallow free-agent class at the position, selecting an amateur early and again later on could provide the raw talent needed to improve the Raiders passing game.

Head coach Jon Gruden and staff will work with several up close while coaching the North Team at the Senior Bowl. Here’s a look at who the Raiders will be coaching up during the practice week leading up to the Jan. 26 all-star game in Mobile, Ala.:

Keelan Doss, UC Davis, 6-3, 206
Gruden likes big receivers with solid hands, and this small-school product will be trying to impress a team in his own backyard. The Alameda native had an excellent career with the Aggies, totalling 321 recpetios for 4,069 yards and 28 touchdowns during his four college seasons.

If he impresses the Raiders enough to warrant a selection, Doss could ride a bike to work. Until the Raiders move to Las Vegas, anyway.
Projected: Late-rounds

Emanuel Hall, Missouri, 6-3, 200
The Raider need a vertical threat, and Hall could be one found in the middle rounds. He was a burner with athleticism to spare and a producer over his last two seasons at Missouri, recording 70 receptions for 1,645 yards and 14 touchdowns in that span. He’ll have to show reliable hands and catching ability, even on deep passes, during Senior Bowl week to warrant strong consideration.
Projected: Mid-rounds

Andy Isabella, Massachusetts, 5-10, 195
Isabella isn’t a big guy or terribly physical at the line of scrimmage, but has solid change of direction, grit and finds ways to plays. He could be the shifty, productive slot receiver the Raiders haven’t had recently, so he’s someone to keep an eye. This is another small-school looking to show well on a bigger stage, proving that solid production wasn’t just a product of lesser competition. Analysts say he’s a good route runner who is adept at creating separation.
Projected: Late-rounds

Anthony Johnson, Buffalo, 6-2, 210
Johnson caught 133 passes for 2,367 yards and 25 touchdowns during his two seasons at Buffalo, with a knack for significant yards after the catch. Analysts say he has reliable hands and could be a solid possession receiver. He can play outside and in the slot.
Projected: Late-rounds

Terry McLaurin, Ohio State, 6-1, 205
McLaurin’s a big-school receiver who didn’t break out until his senior year, largely due to a talent logjam at his position. He had 35 catches for 701 yards with 11 touchdowns, averaging 20 yards per catch. Analysts say he’s an NFL-caliber route runner, something Gruden will like if that pans out during the Senior Bowl. He’s an athlete with room to improve, which could make him a developmental prospect.
Projected: Mid-rounds

Jakobi Meyers, N.C. State, 6-2, 203
North Carolina State a prep quarterback to receiver, and the position switch worked out well. He set a school record in 2018 with 92 catches for 1,047 yards in 2018, and has chose to turn pro after that. He can go up and get the ball and has solid hands, which could negate some struggled to create separation.
Projected: Late-rounds

Alex Wesley, Northern Colorado, 6-0, 184
Wesley was simply better than the smaller-school cornerbacks he was facing, and had 112 catches for 2,060 yards and 10 touchdowns over his last two years and North Colorado. He has a track background, and can stretch the field well. Match that will solid ball skills and you have an intriguing prospect worth watching during Senior Bowl week.
Projected: Late-rounds