Jahan Dotson was the 16th overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft and even he was surprised that he went that high. He was watching an NBA playoff game on his phone when Ron Rivera’s number popped up. He thought he might go later in the 1st, or early tomorrow night, but he is now a top half of the 1st round guy, and he’s ready to get to work.
Dotson only had one meeting with Washington during that pre-draft process, and that was with WR Coach Drew Terrell. He said he can play inside or outside and he can’t wait to see where Offensive Coordinator Scott Turner uses him. He’s also very willing to handle punt returns if the team needs him there. He handled 25 punts over 4 years at PSU with a 13.5 y/r average and 1 TD.
The newest Commander Jahan Dotson meets with the media https://t.co/Qqn9JQgVYn— Washington Commanders (@Commanders) April 29, 2022
Pre-draft interactions with Washington:
Jahan Dotson: “I’m excited to get to work. … I hadn’t really heard anything from Washington. It was kind of a surprise to me.”— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) April 29, 2022
Jahan Dotson called it amazing to get drafted by the Commanders. Dotson only met with Washington once, with WR Coach Drew Terrell, and said getting picked by the Commanders was a surprise— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) April 29, 2022
WR Jahan Dotson said he only had one predraft meeting with Washington and it was with WRs coach Drew Terrell.— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) April 29, 2022
He said he didn’t expect Washington to draft him.
“It was a surprise to me as well as it was to you guys.”
Dotson says he’s a versatile wideout, can play inside and outside, and can’t wait to see what offensive coordinator Scott Turner has planned— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) April 29, 2022
Dotson said he will “gladly” take on punt return duties if asked.— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) April 29, 2022
Dotson said he can compliment Terry McLaurin very well. Working inside and out— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) April 29, 2022
Jahan Dotson on @TheTerry_25: “One of the most underrated receivers in the league, in my opinion. … I can’t wait to get to work with that guy and just learn from him.”— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) April 29, 2022
Surprised to go #16:
Dotson said he was surprised to go 16th overall. Said he was watching the NBA game on his phone when Ron Rivera called.— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) April 29, 2022
WR Jahan Dotson said he was watching Suns-Pelicans on his phone when Ron Rivera called.— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) April 29, 2022
He said he was watching to keep his mind off the draft. He thought he was going late 1st/early 2nd.
Going back for his senior season:
Dotson said he was glad he went back to Penn State this past year, believing it helped his draft stock. He thinks a year ago, he could have been a second or third round pick.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) April 29, 2022