The Green Bay Packers own two picks in the first round (Nos. 22 and 28) of the 2022 NFL draft. In this “Packers draft profile” series, we will look at several options for Green Bay in the first round and dissect their collegiate careers, highlight reel and how they would fit with the team.
In this edition, we look at Penn State wide receiver Jahan Dotson.
Dotson decided to stay for his senior season in Happy Valley and it paid off in a big way as he’s now projected to be a first-round pick in this year’s draft.
The versatile wide receiver, who can line up at the X, Y or Z spot on the field, had his best season this past year. Dotson racked up 91 receptions for 1,182 yards and 12 touchdowns and was by far the top priority for opposing teams who were preparing for the Nittany Lions’ offense.
Dotson’s ability to play on the outside or in the slot certainly bodes well for his draft stock along with the fact that he features some really soft hands (two drops on 142 targets in his senior season).
NFL COMBINE RESULTS
40-yard dash: 4.43 seconds
Bench press: N/A
Vertical jump: 36 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet, 1 inch
3 cone drill: 7.28 seconds
20-yard shuttle: N/A
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
“Finesse wideout with good speed and great athleticism who is fully operational on all three levels of the field. Dotson's passing scheme was well-designed and allowed for clear access to space for most of the season. His route-running is smooth but features speed changes and his in-air athleticism and ball skills look effortless. His confidence and competitiveness are just average against physical coverage and he's likely to see a lot more press looks as a pro. Dotson has inside/outside starting talent but a lack of physicality could prevent him from taking over games at the same rate we saw at Penn State.” - Lance Zierlein NFL.com
“At 5’11, 184 pounds, Dotson isn’t the most imposing receiver. However, he compensates for that with his unique brand of athleticism. The Nittany Lions WR has good long-strider speed in open space, and he also has a subtle explosiveness in his game. He’s not a super-energetic mover, but he can gain speed unexpectedly quickly. When Dotson has space for his quick, long strides, he can be tough to keep up with. Going further, the Penn State product has excellent vertical athleticism. He can spring off the ground effortlessly, and his large, spider-like hands can snare off-target passes with ease. Dotson also moves well. He has the capacity to sink his hips and use twitch to generate displacement. Furthermore, his loose hips and lateral agility allow for great run-after-catch ability.” - Pro Football Network
HOW HE FITS
Green Bay won’t be looking to add just any wide receiver via the draft. They’ll be looking for ones who can step in right away and have an impact. Dotson can do just that.
Dotson is one of the more seasoned wide receiver prospects in this class after spending four years at Penn State. He got better as his career went on and capped it with a tremendous senior campaign.
The Packers lost Davante Adams this offseason and expecting to replace him in the snap of a finger would be foolish. One thing Dotson offers, similar to Adams, is the ability to play anywhere on the field at wide receiver. It would provide Green Bay with an array of options and give Matt LaFleur all sorts of ideas to scheme Dotson into the game plan and keep opposing defenses on their toes.
Selecting Dotson would give Green Bay an instant impact wide receiver who can etch his mark very early on.