Jahan Dotson | Penn State 5’11” 184 lbs. | 03/22/2000 (Age 22)
Jahan Dotson was drafted 16th overall by the Washington Commanders, becoming the fifth wide receiver and 16th overall player in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Dotson improved each year at Penn State, showcasing that he’s dangerous both as a receiver and a return specialist. His 91 receptions during his senior season ranked 12th in the nation, and he also produced the 18th most receiving yards in the nation (1,182). Oh, and his 12 touchdown receptions placed him tied for seventh in all of FBS. Although he didn’t return many punts, he owns a career 13.5 return-yard average with one punt return touchdown in 2020. The former top 150 recruits can bring a ton to the pro level.
Showcases elite acceleration off the line of scrimmage. He is very agile, as he uses his quick feet to shake off defenders underneath routes. Has the talent to work all three levels of the field. Has extra gear when running go routes. Displays excellent leaping abilities, as he’s able to high-point and outjump opposing defenders. Talented punt returner who showcases a ton of big-play potential.
He needs to avoid being taken down by arm tackles in the open field. Doesn’t adjust well mid-air to off-ball throws. Needs to be more precise in his deep routes, as he tends to drift at times. Also showcased some stumbling issues when running deep routes, as his upper body gets ahead of his feet.
Dotson measured in at 5’11” and 184 lbs at the NFL combine. Which equates to a BMI of 25.7. He ran a solid 4.43 40-yard dash (86th percentile), equating to a 91.4-speed score (41st percentile). Dotson also displayed a 121.7 burst score (52nd percentile) and a college dominator score of 44.3 percent (90th percentile).
Dotson shows elite downfield speed and the ideal traits of a good professional return man. He showcased exceptional leaping abilities with a 36” vertical and a 121” broad jump. His one red flag would be his strength, as he opted out of every strength drill at the combine.
Rapid Reaction to Draft Capital: Poor
Rapid Reaction to Landing Spot: Excellent
The Washington Commanders selected Dotson with the 16th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
In a surprising move, Terry McLaurin is now joined by Dotson in a young and talented wide receiver room. Carson Wentz gets another weapon as he and the Commanders look to revamp the offense in Washington.
Dotson can line up inside and out, and he can serve as a dangerous punt-return man. He has a ton of upside at his position, and he expects to serve as his team’s WR2 right out the gate. The speedy receiver should be viewed as a WR3/4 type of fantasy player to start the season. He’s a top-five receiver in this draft, and he’s worth investing in dynasty leagues. He may take over as Washington’s top pass-catcher sooner rather than later.
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