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NFL Draft Profile: Tulane CB Lorenzo Doss

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NFL Draft Profile: Tulane CB Lorenzo Doss

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of 200 prospects, including what the scouts around the league are saying and video interviews with each player.

Lorenzo Doss (CB), Tulane

5’10” | 182 lbs.

2014 stats:

48 tackles, 5 TFL, 1 sack, 3 INT

Projection:

5th round

What scouts are saying:

"Doss is a thin but functionally strong cornerback with an overriding desire to compete for every ball thrown his way, which led to 33 passes defensed and 15 interceptions during his three-year stint at Tulane. He wasn't challenged very often in 2014 and his long speed will be revealed in his workouts, but his ball skills and ability to flip the field should gain him additional attention from general managers." - Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

"Doss has sticky fingers, showing the ability to extend and pluck the ball and quickly control it. He doesn't panic when the ball is in the air, doing a nice job of either locating it and making a play on it himself, or ripping at the hands of receivers as they attempt to secure the catch. Doss was asked to play press, off-man and zone at Tulane and despite leaving with eligibility remaining comes with three years starting experience. He's balanced and controlled in coverage, showing good route anticipation and breaking downhill on the ball. Doss recognizes his run responsibilities and can avoid blockers on his way to the ball-carrier. He'll occasionally lower his shoulder but is generally a duck and swipe tackler, though he does a nice job of getting the ball-carrier to the ground." - Rob Rang, CBSSports.com

Fit for the Bears:

Adding depth at cornerback is certainly a goal for the Bears heading into the 2015 NFL Draft. Doss' ball skills make him an intriguing mid-round target for the Bears. After Kyle Fuller and Tim Jennings, the Bears have major question marks in the slot as most of the potential suitors are better fits on special teams. Doss could be a name that Ryan Pace selects in the later rounds to compete for a spot on defense and special teams in 2015. 

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Bill Belichick scoffs at Khalil Mack-Lawrence Taylor comparison

Bill Belichick scoffs at Khalil Mack-Lawrence Taylor comparison

All of the good graces Bill Belichick may have won on Tuesday afternoon -- when he compared the Bears' offense to Kansas City's -- are officially gone. 

Today, when talking to reporters, a Khalil Mack-Lawrence Taylor comparison came up. Belichick, who coached LT as the New York Giants’ defensive coordinator in the 1980s, was NOT having it: 

A bit harsh, Bill. 

For what it's worth, here's Khalil Mack's 2018 projection, assuming his latest ankle injury doesn't make him miss time: 

20 sacks, four interceptions, 16 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries

That's .5 sacks less and four INTS, 16 FFs and 4 recoveries more than LT had in his 1986 MVP season. And yeah, maybe "they didn't record tackles/fumbles in 1986" and "16 forced fumbles would not only blow the current record (10) out of the water but is just plain unrealistic" but whatever, we're just sayin'. 

UPDATE: shocker, LT agrees: 

Matt Nagy gives update on the state of Khalil Mack's ankle

Matt Nagy gives update on the state of Khalil Mack's ankle

The Bears have seemingly dodged a bullet, for now. 

Following Tuesday's announcement that Khalil Mack would undergo further tests on the right ankle injury he sustained during Sunday's loss, Bears head coach had more optimistic news on Wednesday:

It could obviously get a lot worse than a day-to-day diagnosis, though not practicing on Wednesday might raise some eyebrows. 

It sounds like Mack is expected to be a go for Sunday's matchup with the Patriots, though as the Bears saw with the Dolphins' QB situation last week, things can change in a heartbeat.