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JetNation 2022 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State

Jets GM Joe Douglas has made no bones about the fact that he wants to add another wide receiver to his roster.  Douglas put together a package that would have landed him Tyreek Hill, but the speedster chose the Dolphins instead. Douglas will most certainly keep looking, but a wide receiver in the draft is also a near lock.  With that in mind, we’re going to take a look at Penn State wide receiver Jahan Dotson.

Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State, #5

Jahan Dotson

Nov 27, 2021; East Lansing, Michigan, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Jahan Dotson (5) looks over to the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Measurables and Athletic Testing

Height: 5105

Weight: 178

Hand Size: 9.5

Arm Length: 30 3/4”

40-yd Dash: 4.43

Bench: 15 (Pro Day)

Vert: 36”

Broad: 121”

3-cone: 7.28

Games Watched: Ohio State (2020), Maryland (2021), Wisconsin (2021), Auburn (2021), Iowa (2020)

If you’re looking for a perfect fit for the Jets offense, Dotson is your guy.  A shifty receiver who combines excellent quickness and speed to create plenty of separation between himself and opposing Defensive backs.  And when Dotson doesn’t get separation, he boasts what we believe are the best hands in this class, allowing him to make ridiculous catches like this.

In his time at Penn State, Dotson lined up both inside and outside, making plays no matter where he was in the formation.  Dotson stressed opposing defenses from the boundary and the slot, showing off elite acceleration to make plays deep down the field.

In what was probably his best game of the 2021 season, Dotson posted 242 yards and 3 touchdowns on 11 catches against Maryland, beating NFL hopeful Nick Cross for a deep TD at one point.  The safety lined up against Dotson who ran an in and up that spun Cross around and essentially took him out of the play.

Despite being just 5′ 10”, Dotson’s ability to shake defenders and/or keep a play alive to make tough catches, means he’s also a threat in the red zone.  A fair comparison to Dotson could very well be current Jets wide receiver Elijah Moore despite running a “slower” 40 than Moore’s 4.32.  Adding Dotson would give the Jets another receiver who can beat defenses lined up inside and outside on any part of the field.

As a blocker, Dotson would fit in the ‘not dominant but more than willing” category which does have some value as he’s not the liability some receivers are in that respect.

Given his all-around skill set it’s hard to imagine Dotson falling to the Jets in the second round but as receivers like Chris Olave and Christian Watson continue to climb draft boards, a wide receiver with first round talent is bound to fall to the second round.  If it’s Dotson, the Jets shouldn’t waste any time in making him a Jet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Article Was Written By Glenn Naughton

Glenn Naughton

Glenn was Born in the Bronx, New York and has followed the Jets religiously despite being stationed in several different countries and time zones around the world. He now resides in England and has been a JetNation member since 2005. Glenn will bleed green with the rest of us through the highs and lows.