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Commanders Draft Jahan Dotson at No. 16 – Team Fit and Draft Profile

With the 16th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Washington Commanders draft Jahan Dotson, wide receiver, out of Penn State. Dotson possesses tremendous speed and acceleration. Although he is a shorter receiver, his route tree is one that encompasses all three levels. Blink and you’ll miss the Commanders’ new speedy, shifty receiver. Let’s take a closer look at Dotson.

Jahan Dotson Highlights

Commanders Draft Jahan Dotson | 2022 NFL Draft Profile

Jahan Dotson
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 183 lbs
Age: 22
College: Penn State Nittany Lions

Jahan Dotson Draft Profile


Jahan Dotson runs sharp, crisp routes that often include different speeds at all three levels. Dotson excelled at creating separation on deep routes. While he is shorter than six feet, Dotson has shown that he can play bigger, often coming down with high passes. He has great acceleration on releases, and he can also provide on special teams, as he showed big plays as a punt returner.


With his ability to get open, Jahan Dotson sometimes finds himself stumbling. Dotson shows a tendency to drift on his routes. Needs to sure up his footwork on comeback routes. Physical defenders could throw him off of his game. Dotson was also sometimes brought down by arm tackles in the open field, so he needs to play stronger to get yards after the catch at the top level.

Jahan Dotson NFL Draft highlights Penn State
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Jahan Dotson Stats 2021 | Penn State


What to Expect From Jahan Dotson in 2022

In recent years, the Washington Commanders have struggled to have a reliable second option in the passing game behind Terry McLaurin. After trading for Carson Wentz in the offseason, the Commanders have now landed him a new, athletic weapon. Jahan Dotson’s versatile route tree should serve him well in this offense. While the Commanders do still have Curtis Samuel in the fold, his injury tendencies could open the door for Dotson to be the team’s primary slot receiver in his rookie campaign.

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