For now, Dotson should not be drafted before Round 10 in a redraft league as a boom/bust flex option. But the 22-year-old was more productive in college than Terry McLaurin and was drafted two rounds higher by Washington, so we shouldn't discount the possibility that Dotson turns this into a 1A/1B situation early in his career. If that happens this year, Dotson could be a borderline No. 2 in 2022 in a best-case scenario. In Dynasty, Dotson is a top-36 wide receiver and a great value at the end of Round 1 in rookie-only drafts.
Dotson has been a standout at OTAs and is already establishing trust with quarterback Carson Wentz, Bijan Todd of NBC Sports Washington reports. Dotson has consistently gotten open and become one of Wentz's favorite targets at OTAs, according to Ethan Cadeaux of NBC Sports. Granted, the Commanders are still only holding non-contact drills, but it's encouraging to see the rookie first-round pick making a solid first impression. Top wideout Terry McLaurin hasn't been participating in offseason activities due to dissatisfaction with his current deal, so Dotson will have plenty of opportunities to continue establishing a rapport with Wentz.
The Commanders selected Dotson in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, 16th overall. Washington traded back from their original 11th overall slot, but not very far. Their selection might indicate that they held Dotson in similar or equal esteem to the wide receivers selected shortly before him, as the Penn State product wasn't expected to go this close in the order to Drake London (No. 8, Atlanta), Garrett Wilson (No. 10, Jets), Chris Olave (No. 11, New Orleans) or Jameson Williams (No. 12, Detroit). While his selection is surprisingly high at 16, it's easy to justify the Dotson pick after a highly convincing collegiate career where he produced 183 receptions for 2,757 yards and 25 touchdowns. Although he's skinny at 5-foot-11, 178 pounds, Dotson creates enough separation to keep defenders off him underneath and he has enough long speed (4.43-second 40) to threaten downfield. Rather than his abilities, Dotson's limitations in Washington would sooner have to do with his quarterbacks.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/23||Green Bay Packers||14||20.67|
|13||12/04||@New York Giants||11||20.35|
|15||12/18||New York Giants||11||20.35|
|16||12/24||@San Francisco 49ers||19||21.90|