Tandon Doss makes Ravens’ WR corps bigger, younger

In the second round, the Ravens added speedy wide receiver Torrey Smith, giving them a vertical threat.

In the fourth, they added Tandon Doss, a wideout who has size, speed, great hands and can do a little bit of everything offensively.

Doss caught 63 passes for 705 yards and seven touchdowns last year at Indiana. He ran the ball 28 times for 163 yards and a touchdown. Most of those carries came when he took the snap as a quarterback in the wildcat formation.

He also returned kickoffs and punt for the Hoosiers, averaging nearly 25 yards per kick return and 12 yards per punt return.

“He was their go-to guy, he was a guy they got the ball to him any way they could,” head coach John Harbaugh said during an informal talk with reporters after the Doss pick. “He wasn’t really a downfield guy, and I think it had more to do with their quarterback. He got the ball on screens, crossing routes, stop routes. Whenever they needed a play, it went to him. He lined up as a running back. He’s great after the catch. He’s a catch-and-get-upfield guy.”

Harbaugh was also particularly impressed with Doss’ toughness. The wideout had two sports hernias during his senior year, and played through both of them.

Doss, who measures 6-foot-2, 201 pounds, ran a 4.50 40-yard dash at his personal pre-draft workout. He can’t fly like Smith can, and will likely be more of an underneath threat at the NFL level, but he can turn on the jets a bit when needed.

Now, with Smith and Doss on board, the Ravens have a stable of young wide receivers behind Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason, who are 30 and 37, respectively.

The Indiana wide receiver was projected by some as a late second-round or early third-round pick, yet he lasted until the end of the fourth round, when the Ravens selected him with the 123rd overall selection.

“There’s always disappointment,” Doss said during a conference call. “You feel like you’re better than some of the people that have been drafted, but I feel like Baltimore is a good fit for me, and I’m excited to get going.”

Doss admitted he didn’t expect the Ravens to be the team on the other end of the phone call telling him he’d been drafted. Baltimore didn’t bring Doss in for a visit, and they didn’t work him out prior to the draft.

But they liked what they saw on tape, and that was enough.

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