Career Recap: Dotson was a top recruit coming out of high school, and he should continue James Franklin's tradition of explosive athletes coming out of Penn State. Like Saquon Barkley, Chris Godwin and K.J. Hamler, Dotson has been a scoring threat since stepping on campus. As a freshman, Dotson nade 27 catches for 488 yards and five touchdowns. Dotson was even better in the abbreviated 2020 season, hauling in 52 passes for 884 yards and eight touchdowns.
2021 Season Outlook: Dotson will see a good schedule in 2021, and Week 3 against Auburn could be the best game to watch. Tigers cornerback Roger McCreary is one of the top corners in college football and a potential first-round pick. McCreary versus Dotson could be phenomenal, provided they line up against each other. Given McCreary's (5-11, 187) size, I think that matchup is likely.
The other great matchup will be against Ohio State on October 30th. Buckeyes cornerback Sevyn Banks is an early-round prospect, and the team has other good corners and safeties who could test Dotson. Iowa's Riley Moss, Indiana's Jaylin Williams and Rutgers' Avery Young are other NFL prospects on Dotson's schedule.
Skill-Set Summary: There is no doubt that Dotson is a difference-maker and home run hitter on the field. He is extremely fast with easy speed and is a threat to score any time he touches the football. Dotson has an explosive first-step and a second gear to create separation downfield. With his special burst, Dotson is sudden out of breaks to surprise defensive backs with his ability to accelerate. Dotson is fast and athletic, and he possesses the potential to be a game changer.
While Dotson tilts a defense with his special speed, he makes some plays that you don't expect from a smaller speed receiver. Despite his lack of height, Dotson does an impressive job of winning on some contested catches with a natural ability to high point the ball in tandem with late hands. Dotson has made some leaping grabs over defensive backs taller than him, so that just further illustrates his lower body explosiveness. He is much better on contested passes than the majority of smaller speed receivers.
Thanks to his game-breaking speed, Dotson often commands some safety help over the top. He is also a dynamic punt returner, so he brings added value for fourth downs.
Dotson could stand to add some weight to his frame for the next level because he has a thin build aside from his lack of height. Continuing to refine his route-running and diversifying his route tree will help him as a pro. Dotson's size and speed give him the potential to be a DeSean Jackson-type receiver in the NFL.
2022 NFL Draft Expectations: Entering the 2021 season, Dotson looks like an early-round pick. Some advance scouts have projected him as one of the top receivers for the 2022 NFL Draft.