Re-grading the Commanders 2022 NFL Draft class after Year No. 1

(Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports) Jahan Dotson
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Jahan Dotson – Commanders WR

  • Penn State Nittany Lions | Pick No. 16 overall

Many viewed Jahan Dotson as a luxury pick at No. 16 overall. One that ignored other key needs at a position that already had the likes of Curtis Samuel and Terry McLaurin to call upon.

The Washington Commanders couldn’t bank fully on Samuel’s health, which probably tipped the scales in Dotson’s favor. This is also completely ignoring the high upside demonstrated consistently by the prospect during his prolific college career at Penn State.

While Dotson never hit the heights of other first-round selections such as Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson, and Drake London, that does not detract from some notable flashes. Once the Commanders get better stability under center – whether that’s Sam Howell or someone else – expect the second-year pro to benefit more than most.

Dotson eventually concluded his rookie campaign with 35 receptions for 523 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. His ability to find the end zone was undeniably the most impressive trait, although improving on a 57.4 percent catch success rate moving forward is essential.

Draft Grade: B+

Opportunities should be plentiful for Dotson next season with Samuel and McLaurin generating significant attention from opposing defenses. So expect an upturn in numbers provided Washington figures out their concerning quarterback riddle.

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