2016 Season Countdown: #60 Eddie McDoom

2016 Season Countdown: #60 Eddie McDoom


July 12, 2016
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Eddie McDoom

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Name: Eddie McDoom
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 182 lbs.
High school: Winter Garden (FL) West Orange
Position: Wide receiver
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: #13
Last year: McDoom was a senior in high school (LINK). He caught 29 passes for 653 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Final TTB Rating: 89

I am pretty unabashed about my high hopes for McDoom, who not only has an awesome name, but can also play football pretty well. He originally committed to Oregon, even though I heard that Michigan was his leader. He then decommitted from the Ducks over the winter to flip to the Wolverines. In the meantime, he played in the Under Armour All-America Game, scoring a touchdown against other elite talents.

I’m only putting McDoom down at #60 because Michigan has some other talented receivers, many of whom are more experienced. The two primary guys are Jehu Chesson and Amara Darboh, but Grant Perry, Maurice Ways, and Drake Harris have also played a significant number of snaps. Add in the multiple-tight end sets and a large crew of incoming receivers, and the need for McDoom isn’t that great. Freshman receivers often contribute, and I think McDoom has the talent to do so. I think he could play in the slot, he’s a good route runner, and he might be able to help out on kickoff returns. But I think his chances to contribute will increase significantly in 2017, after Chesson and Darboh have moved on.

Prediction: Backup wide receiver




5 comments

  1. Lanknows
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    Lanknows
    Jul 12, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    I’m with you on McDoom hopes. I think he’ll be better than Hayes, Harris, and even Perry (though perhaps not this year).

    I think one of the freshman will play a significant playmaking role for this team. Having Chesson, Darboh, and Butt means the 4th or 5th receiving option can exploit matchups for big TDs. McDoom seems like the most promising of the freshman to me.

    That said, I think the ranking is fair. There are too many freshman and too much uncertainty to really say any one of them is deserving of being ranked much higher than this. I do think McDoom will end up in the top 30 of this same countdown next summer.

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      WindyCityBlue
      Jul 12, 2016 at 5:00 PM

      The competition for snaps and touches will be fierce among the second tier pass catchers this season. After Chesson, Darboh, Butt and possibly Perry, you’ve got Harris, Ways, Bunting, Wheatley and quite a few freshmen. Someone will really have to be good to stand out. It’s been a very long time since our 4th and 5th receiving options were logging many big TD plays, though..not getting my hopes up for that.

      • Lanknows
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        Lanknows
        Jul 12, 2016 at 8:02 PM

        Alternative hypothesis: the returning backup WRs aren’t actually very good.

        Perry kind of won the job by default, as Hoke’s WR recruiting was mostly terrible (beyond Chesson and Darboh obviously). Harris is slight and can’t stay healthy. Ways is just a guy. Who was going to keep Perry off the field? When he lost the Utah game almost single-handedly, Michigan didn’t go find a different WR to throw out there, they stuck with Perry. Can you imagine the same thing happening if a RB had been directly responsible for 2 or 3 fumbles? Of course not.

        Perry like a solid player, but he’s one of the reasons Michigan recruited 5-7 WRs last year. They need an infusion of playmaking and speed, not just for 2017, but now.

        OK – they don’t NEED it now, but it sure would be nice to have. There’s a very open opportunity for a complementary WR who can make big plays (as opposed to Perry who is more of a reliable target). That 3rd or 4th WR is going to be open a lot. I don’t think they have to be all THAT great to get a job. They get to face one-on-one coverage from LBs or safeties. They just have to be better than a bunch of mediocre Hoke recruits. Be fast, don’t screw up.

        Bunting and Wheatley project to be more talented than their WR counterparts, but the TE touches really are going to be limited with Butt being an everydown back and the Y-TE being mostly a blocking position. I do agree that those guys might be the beneficiaries of big-play opportunities too.

        Hopefully we get plenty of early season blowouts to check out what the young backups have to offer.

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          WindyCityBlue
          Jul 12, 2016 at 9:55 PM

          Well, that may very well be. My only “hypothesis” is that the competition with be close after the first three or four guys, not that any really good players will necessarily emerge. As a true freshman, Perry had 14 catches, which is better than Braylon Edwards or David Terrell did, so I’m willing to grant him a little optimism, and not blame him for having a bad outing in his very first college game more than I would a fifth year senior QB who threw 3 INTs (if anyone lost the Utah game almost single-handedly, it was Ruddock). I don’t by any means think that Ways or Harris will be the next options by default, though either could emerge, if not this year, next year.

          • Lanknows
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            Lanknows
            Jul 13, 2016 at 2:45 PM

            Uncertainty doesn’t guarantee parity. I don’t know if one guy will emerge, but we have a bunch of talented freshman and a boom/bust guy like Harris. I certainly wouldn’t rule out a breakout player emerging and surging past Perry. Especially now that we have speedy Oregon-caliber kids instead of “leapers” (i.e., slow-footed future rec-league basketball players)

            IIRC correctly it was the coaches who said Perry (not Rudock) who was to blame for the INTs.

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