Family affair

Draft day will be a family affair for Penn State’s Jahan Dotson – Delco Times

STATE COLLEGE — Jahan Dotson has built a reputation at Penn State as a catcher with soft hands, incredible speed and precise routes. He’s shown a different discipline in recent months when it comes to NFL mock drafts. Dotson has managed to avoid them, even though his family cannot.

“Oh, yeah, my dad talks about it all the time,” he said Thursday at Penn State’s Pro Day. “’You’re going to the Chiefs. You go here. You go there.

“I don’t know, Dad, and you don’t know either.”

It may not look like it, but Dotson thinks he’s as talented as any receiver available.

“I really believe I’m the best receiver in the draft,” he said. “I’m just up there with the best guys. My film proves it in a way.

Dotson has attracted interest from several NFL teams that have picks in the bottom half of the first round when the three-day draft begins on the night of April 28.

The Green Bay Packers, for example, had general manager Brian Gutekunst and at least two scouts watching Dotson at Holuba Hall. The Packers traded All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams last week to Las Vegas, have job needs and have the 22nd and 28th draft picks.

NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah and ESPN’s Todd McShay have Dotson going to the Packers with the 28th pick in their mock drafts. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. has the Buffalo Bills taking Dotson with the 25th pick in his mock draft that was released this week.

“I met the Packers receivers coach (Jason Vrable) a few days ago,” Dotson said. ” It went very well. We were just talking and getting to know each other. It went very well.

All 32 teams had representatives present on Thursday. The Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots were among the teams that had assistant coaches there to see Dotson practice. He didn’t disappoint with Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford, his pick, pitching to him.

“It was really good,” Dotson said. “Having this connection is huge for me. He’s been my man for three years. I feel the most comfortable with him. I made sure he was going to be the guy here who threw me. It was beautiful .”

Dotson displayed his speed, which was clocked at 4.43 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, and caught every pass Clifford threw at him.

“Sean was over there tossing dimes and spinning the ball,” he said. “Catching the ball is therapeutic. It’s something I like to do. I always have a soccer ball in my hands. Catching the ball is something that I find very easy. I love doing it.

“It’s really not acceptable for me to have drops.”

The 5-foot-11, 184-pound Dotson ranked among the national leaders last season with 91 receptions, 1,182 yards and 12 touchdowns. He opted out of the Outback Bowl, but was the only receiver in a Power Five conference with at least 90 receptions, 1,180 yards, and 12 touchdowns in the regular season.

He was a bright spot in Penn State’s disappointing 7-6 season.

“I’m a huge team guy,” Dotson said. “I love my guys. I wanted to win a championship. That was the main reason I came back (for the 2021 season). We didn’t do that. You can’t dwell on it. You have to move on .

“It was a great decision for me to come back individually. I was able to improve and I was able to improve my stock in the repechage.

He received a lot of positive feedback from several NFL teams.

“I was talking to one of the Ravens coaches,” Dotson said. “He told me to work day to day and not look too far ahead. ‘Make sure you are on top of your business. Work on the next thing in front of you. That’s what I try to do.

He was scheduled to meet with Patriots representatives later Thursday. Dotson hasn’t decided where he plans to watch the draft, which will be held in Las Vegas.

“I’m ready for this,” Dotson said. “I’ve been waiting for this moment all my life. I can’t wait to figure it all out, especially with my family by my side.

“My parents (Al and Robin) have sacrificed since I was little to put me in the best possible position to succeed. Finally, seeing that everything pays off is going to be cool.