Draft Profile: BioDotson was a top recruit coming out of high school, and he should continue James Franklin's tradition of explosive small players from Penn State. He enjoyed a big bump in production in 2020 after the departure of KJ Hamler from the Lions’ passing game the previous offseason. Dotson has proved himself a very capable vertical receiver and big-play creator with the football in his hands and averages 17.0 yards per reception (on par with his 17.1 YPC average on 92 career receptions). He could have declared for the 2021 draft but instead decided to come back for his senior season citing 'unfinished business' from last year. Dotson creates highlight-reel circus catches on a weekly basis, and he has 49 catches for 552 yards (11.27 yards per catch) and six touchdowns this season. He has at least five catches in all seven games this season, and he’s gained more than 100 yards in a game twice. Through the first half of the season, he emerged as Penn State’s most explosive offensive player.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- A slippery runner with elusive footwork. Has little to no wasted movements between the reception and burst upfield.
- Lacks the ideal size, but has a similar body type to Antonio Brown.
- Makes difficult catches look easy.
- Shows quickness off the snap to shake off corners and create room. Separates with hesitation moves and nice acceleration.
- Former track athlete at HS level, won PIAA state championships in 4x100 relay and long jump (2016), and regional state titles in 100m and 200m in 2018
- Dotson is a big-play producer. Since the start of last season, he is tied with Olave, Smith, and Jaelon Darden for the most 20-plus-yard TD catches in the country with 11
- He gets off the line with a nice burst and is very fluid in his movements with little wasted steps in his routes.
- An impressive athlete with very quick acceleration to reach his top speed quickly and stretch the field. Very good body control and smooth movements. Plays fast and explosive.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- NFL defenders may be able to knock him off his route because of his slight frame.
- Does not always use his hands to secure deep throws, allowing the ball into his pads and chest
- Dotson has a smaller catch radius, doesn't have the size to win many 50-50 balls, and won't break a lot of tackles
- May have an issue transitioning to the pros - he's 5-foot-11 and goes 184-pound and will likely get pressed more frequently in the NFL than at the college level.
- When he’s forced to catch away from his body, there are multiple examples of him double-catching the ball, which enables defenders to break up the play.
Scouting Report: SummaryDotson's athletic ability and impressive season at Penn State have NFL scouts paying attention and even thinking he could become the next Tyreek Hill.
He is the draft's second-best deep threat, after Jameson Williams, and is a top-level prospect that could explode at the next level. It's likely Dotson will be taken in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft - it's just unlucky for him this is such a loaded class as any other year he would likely be picked in the top half.
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