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NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report: Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State | Presented by the Hula Bowl

Penn State WR Jahan Dotson is a rising star in the scouting community. He is a precise route runner and is very good at making in air adjustments on the ball. Does his skill set translate to the next level?
Penn State WR Jahan Dotson is a rising star in the scouting community. He is a precise route runner and is very good at making in air adjustments on the ball. Does his skill set translate to the next level?
  • Name: Jahan Dotson
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • School: Penn State
  • Class: Senior
  • Height: 5’10”
  • Weight: 184

Strengths:

Jahan Dotson shows very good athletic ability with very good explosiveness, body control, and foot quickness. In addition, he displays very good route running ability. He shows a good understanding of leverage and route tempo. He is excellent in and out of breaks using violent hips to create separation. Moreover, Dotson is sudden off the LOS and knows how to use his feet and hands on releases. He has slot and outside versatility while making an impact at all three levels. Furthermore, he excels at adjusting to poorly thrown balls, catching them all over his frame. He has great in air athleticism, which leads to acrobatic plays with his strong hands and large catch radius.

Furthermore, Dotson displays solid contested catch ability for a guy of his size. He shows good competitive and physical toughness. Deep ball tracking is one of Dotson’s biggest strengths. In addition, he excels on vertical routes understanding how to manipulate DB’s hips. Also, Dotson does a good job selling routes vertical before violently dropping his hips to change direction. Moreover, he brings good YAC ability to the table with elusiveness in the open field. Finally, he has excellent speed to threaten DB’s vertically.

Weaknesses:

Firstly, Dotson is undersized and has adequate play strength. Secondly, he can struggle when bigger DB’s get hands on him to create separation. Thirdly, the lack of play strength can lead to him being tackled too easily. He displays adequate blocking ability. Lastly, he relies on his athleticism to win on routes too often.

Summary:

Jahan Dotson projects to be a good starting Z/Slot receiver at the next level. He wins with his precise route running ability, explosiveness, and adjustments to inaccurate passes. In addition, he does a good job attacking leverage and manipulating DB’s in his route stem. He lacks play strength and size to consistently beat big and athletic DB’s. In conclusion, he brings value to a team in the return game.

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