NFP Prospect Focus: Charles Gaines and Lorenzo Doss

As I have written many times in the past, one thing that you can count on in the NFL Draft is that in the first three rounds you will see from 12 to 15 corners selected. It happens just about every year. Teams almost always have a need at the position, and because there are so few that can actually play well, the corners selected late in the third round are usually a bit over drafted. This year’s class is similar to others in that there aren’t a lot of premium corners, but there are a number of players who, if drafted in the right situation, can contribute. Two such players are Louisville’s Charles Gaines and Tulane’s Lorenzo Doss. Charles Gaines – Louisville The first thing that jumps out about Gaines is that he has only played the corner position for two years. He was previously a wide receiver. Additionally, he is an underclassman entering the draft early. He still had one year of eligibility remaining. Gaines has adequate corner size. He stands 5’10 – 180, but has a narrow frame. I doubt his growth potential is much more than 185. What helps is that he has such long arms. They measured 31 3/8 at the combine and on a 5’10 guy, that is very good length. It allows him to play taller than his 5’10 height. Gaines has the athleticism and suddenness required for the position. He ran in the low 4.4's and showed good jumping ability and change of direction. He has quick feet and loose hips allowing to stay low in his pedal and he can turn quickly. He is very good with his transition, showing no hesitation or extra steps at the top of his pedal. On tape, he shows he can play press, off, or zone with equal proficiency. He has good instincts and reactions and plays with very good awareness. Despite his lean frame, Gaines is a tough guy who will hit. He will miss some tackles, but that is due more to a lack of top upper body strength than anything else. He is a very willing hitter and has been a core special teams player at Louisville. He is a player on the rise and his best football should be in front of him. Currently, I see him as more of a nickel corner, but if he can get a little bigger and stronger, there is no reason he can’t play outside and be an eventual starter. Lorenzo Doss – Tulane Doss is a third-year junior entering the draft. He is also a three-year starter for Tulane. He has been a productive player with 82 tackles, 18 pass broken up and 10 interceptions the last two seasons. Doss has a small frame, measuring 5’10 – 182 at the Combine. He also has short arms for the position (29 ¾). His speed is adequate (4.50), but he has very quick feet and top overall body control. He has a low, quick pedal, and turns well. His transition is as good as any corner in this draft. In the Tulane defense, they play a lot of off and zone coverage, and Doss is very good in those areas. He is a quick reactor, makes good decisions, and is seldom out of position. Despite his lack of great size, he is a very competitive player. On the downside, he is confident in his play and will take some chances. Sometimes those chances come back to haunt him. His lack of top end deep speed can also hurt him when playing speed receivers. While he has been credited with a number of tackles, he also misses some because he is more of a hitter than a wrapper. He is talented, but his small frame can limit him. While he has outstanding ball skills, he can get out-muscled for the ball at times and can have trouble with big receivers. I see his future as a nickel corner, who should be able to play most slot receivers well. He just doesn’t have the natural traits to be sure he can be successful outside. Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe

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