2018 Season Countdown: #38 Eddie McDoom

2018 Season Countdown: #38 Eddie McDoom


July 20, 2018

Eddie McDoom (image via Boston Herald)

Name: Eddie McDoom
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 181 lbs.
High school: Winter Garden (FL) West Orange
Position: Wide receiver
Class: Junior
Jersey number: #13
Last year: I ranked McDoom #38 and said he would be a backup receiver with 12 catches for 150 yards and 1 TD (LINK). He made 11 catches for 81 yards, ran 8 times for 43 yards, and made 2 tackles.
TTB Rating: 89

McDoom was expected to be a backup last year, and that was accurate. He put up modest stats working mostly from the slot. He and Donovan Peoples-Jones are the most jet-sweep-y guys on the team, so McDoom got some of those carries and did okay with them. So far his career-long carry is 33 yards, which came in 2016 against Michigan State, but 5.4 yards/carry last year wasn’t bad. The biggest disappointment is McDoom’s lack of contribution in the passing game. I was almost spot-on with my guess that he would get 12 catches (he got 11), but the yardage was way off. McDoom has speed and the ability to do things in open space, but Michigan hasn’t been able to get him there. On top of that – and maybe this is why he was limited to 11 catches – he had an egregious drop late in the game against MSU in 2017.

This year I think McDoom is one of the guys who could benefit most from the arrival of Shea Patterson at quarterback. Patterson can improvise, and McDoom is the type of speedy slot guy who can suddenly find himself wide open when the quarterback reverses field on a scramble. I also detailed the other day how an RPO could work with Patterson and McDoom (LINK). If McDoom can develop a rapport with Patterson, then McDoom could be a breakout player. He will have to hold off redshirt freshman Oliver Martin and fight with senior Grant Perry for snaps. He also can contribute in the return game. I know some people have begun to give up on McDoom, but I still think he can be an effective football player, given the right situation.

Prediction: Backup slot receiver, special teamer; 12 catches, 150 yards, 2 TD

3 comments

  1. Comments: 878
    Joined: 1/19/2016
    je93
    Jul 20, 2018 at 8:51 AM

    Here’s another guy who played too soon. With his quickness, it’d be nice to have three years of a WR coach working with him

  2. Painter Smurf
    Comments: 255
    Joined: 8/12/2015
    Painter Smurf
    Jul 22, 2018 at 6:56 PM

    Kind of feel like McDoom missed his chance to make a slightly bigger impact last year. Coaches keep on talking up walkons in the slot, and i just think other players will jump him in camp if they have not already.

    • Comments: 767
      Joined: 8/11/2015
      WindyCityBlue
      Jul 23, 2018 at 6:50 PM

      Very likely. I would not be surprised to see him transfer once he sees how the depth chart is playing out next month. As far as Michigan is concerned, the train has left the station and he’s not on it. If he bails before he plays this year, he can still play two years somewhere else.

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