NFL Draft Profile: Penn State Wide Receiver Jahan Dotson

by Pat Pryor
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Penn State wide receiver Jahan Dotson enters the 2022 NFL Draft as one of the top receivers in the class. Dotson was a 2021 First Team All-Big ten and 2021 Third Team AP All-American. The Penn State wide receiver set a program record for most receiving yards in a game with 242. He’ll be attending the Senior Bowl and has no notable injuries.

NFL Draft Measurables

Height: 5’10 5/8″
Weight: 178
Hand: 9 1/2″
Arm: 30 3/4″
Wingspan: 74″
40-Time: N/A
Shuttle: N/A
Broad Jump: N/A
Vertical Jump: N/A
Bench: N/A
3-Cone: N/A
RAS: N/A

How We Grade

Grade Player Meaning Grade Player Meaning
9.5-10 Generational Player 6-6.4 Average Starter
9-9.4 Perennial All-Pro 5.5-5.9 Below-Average Starter
8.5-9 Perennial Pro-Bowler 5-5.4 Developmental Player
8-8.4 Occasional Pro-Bowler 4.5-4.9 Special Teams Player
7.5-7.9 Talented Player 4-4.4 Practice Squad
7-7.4 High-End Starter 3-4 Journeyman PS
6.5-6.9 Above-Average Starter 0-2.9 Free Agent

NFL Draft Evaluation

Trait Grade Trait Grade Trait Grade
Speed 7.25 Burst 7.75 Frame 5.25
Hands 6.75 Hand Fighting 7.25 Strength 6.25
Route-Running 8 Separation 7.75
Route-Tree 8 Catch Radius 6.75
Body Control 7.75 Contested Catch 7
Agility 8 RAC 7.25
Change of Direction 8.25 Blocking 5
Release 7.5 Footwork 8.25 Overall 7.37

Strengths

Jahan Dotson turns very well without losing a lot of speed. Accels quickly, bursts off line very well. Quality punt returner. Fast and efficient hands at the line of scrimmage. Great at exposing holes against zone coverage. Beats man coverage with great change of direction and release. Adequate speed. Runs an expansive route tree very well. Almost always finds room over the middle. Produced despite poor quarterback play. Keeps his eyes moving and constantly tries to create. Versatile, has been used for deep, middle, and short routes. Always a threat to score. Strong and adequate frame for his size.

Dotson is one of the top wide receivers in this NFL Draft class and has the ceiling of an all-pro wide receiver.

Weaknesses

Jahan Dotson is a wide receiver in this NFL Draft class that struggles to separate on go routes. Will try to do too much with the ball and lose yardage, including on bubble screens. Average blocker at the line, but doesn’t do much downfield. At times can wait for the ball over the middle, allowing the opportunity for the defender to jump the route.

Summary

In this NFL Draft class, Jahan Dotson is a creator in an offense that didn’t allow him to create in college. He exposes weaknesses and creates separation well, but suffered from poor quarterbacking and offensive line play. He’s creative with and without the ball. Quality separator with a good route tree. He’s quite versatile. He will be greatly benefitted playing with an NFL quarterback. If he can consistently play with high intensity, he will be a tough matchup. Good against zone and man. He can be a highly impactful wide receiver if he’s put in the right offense.

Floor: WR2
Ceiling: All-Pro WR1

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