3 WRs the Detroit Lions need to consider drafting in the first round

(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
3 of 4
Detroit Lions, Jahan Dotson
(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

The Detroit Lions need to consider drafting Jahan Dotson.

The Detroit Lions desperately need outside contributors knowing that Quintez Cephus and Amon-Ra St. Brown are more effective working out of the slot than outside. Jahan Dotson is a tremendous athlete who can stretch the field from the slot or outside. That being said, if Dotson proves to be more efficient working inside, he will force Cephus back outside.

Dotson is a 5-foot-11, lean 184-pound playmaker.

This past season with Penn State, Dotson recorded 91 receptions totaling 1,182 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior.  Last season in the COVID-19 shortened season as a junior, Dotson made 52 catches totaling 884 yards and eight scores in nine games.

Dotson put his hands and nifty footwork on display earlier this season against Indiana.

Over four years with Penn State, Dotson recorded 183 receptions accounting for 2,757 yards and 25 receiving touchdowns, averaging an impressive 15.1 yards per catch.

Dotson may not be the most explosive three-level pass-catcher, but with some NFL coaching and a desire to perfect his route-running, Dotson could quickly become an NFL WR1.  Check out this long strike beating Michigan State’s secondary down the seam in the snow.  I know Michigan State’s secondary is less than respectable, but this is still impressive.

According to Pro Football Focus (PFF), Dotson played his way to a spectacular 87.5 overall grade for his work in 2021, a vast improvement from the year prior, when he finished the season with a respectable 78.0 overall mark.