Jahan Dotson 2021 Draft Report

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  • HEIGHT / 5’11”
  • WEIGHT / 183 LBS
    INDIANA (2021), HOME OHIO STATE (2020), HOME ILLINOIS (2020)
Penn State's Jahan Dotson (5) returns a punt 81 yards for a touchdown during fourth quarter action of the game with Michigan State. The Nittany Lions outscored the Spartans, 29-3, in the second half on its way to a 39-24 win on Saturday December 12, 2020 at Beaver Stadium.Photo by Mark Selders
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STRENGTHS: Received First Team All-Big Ten Honors in a Conference full of first-round talent at the receiver position. After three seasons of sharing targets with Pat Friermuth, KJ Hamler, TJ Jones, and Journey Brown, Dotson found himself The X receiver and the go-to guy in James Franklin’s offense in 2021. With attention on him this season, he amassed 91 receptions, 1,182 yards, and 12 touchdowns. Dotson is a sure-handed, explosive talent with NFL grade route-running skills with career yards per catch of 15.1. He combines elite top-end speed to keep coverages honest. Dotson has outstanding footwork and quickness; this allows him to beat man coverage at the line.

Tough and willing to go across the middle and climb the ladder, high points the ball very well with natural hands. A nightmare in space with Speed/Agility/Loose Hips and Vision. A very confident, productive player. He can take a 10-yard dig for a touchdown or outrun double coverages. Small receiver with a nose for the end zone and is compliant to lower his pad level to battle for extra yards despite his slight frame. He has an X receiver skillset in a slot position body!

Penn State vs Michigan State, Dec 12, 2020
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AREAS OF WORK: Competitive but limited physical build. The receiver struggles to beat press coverage when footwork is neutralized. Dotson can get muscled out of routes and lacks contact balance. Talented route runner. But he leans on his quick feet & suddenness more than sinking his hips into/out of his breaks. His inability leads to him rounding off a lot of his routes.

Dotson will occasionally double catch balls outside of his catch radius. Battles with holding onto balls through contact. Physical concerns directly correlate with his struggles in the blocking game. Limited functional strength and mass are principal concerns at this time. He does not engage and drives on blocks. More of a wall-off blocker at the moment, plays too high, which results in him getting walked back routinely.

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