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Commanders Move Back, Then Take WR Dotson At Sixteen Spot

The Washington Commanders went into Thursday night, having just six picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. When the time came to make a pick with their first one, they struck a deal with the New Orleans Saints and added two more selections. Five picks later, they selected wide receiver Jahan Dotson out of Penn State.

The Deal

Washington surrendered their 11th overall pick to New Orleans. In exchange, the Saints gave up the 16th overall pick, as well as picks in the 3rd (98th overall) and 4th (120th overall) rounds.

The Commanders now have eight picks in the Draft, which puts them in a considerably stronger position to find some winners.

The 16th Overall Pick

The Commanders surprised a few people when they selected Dotson, but perhaps only because he wasn’t as talked about in the media as some of the other wide receivers. The reality is that there was a massive run on receivers – with SIX going in the first eighteen picks.

Obviously the tremendous amount of money being paid at the position this off-season, is really making franchises look at their options. If you can land a bona fide future superstar early in the draft, it can save a franchise close to $100M in future salary cap.

It was the first time Head Coach Ron Rivera has used his first round selection on the offensive side of the ball. Jamin Davis and Chase Young were Rivera’s defensive selections in his first two seasons.

Dotson was also the Washington Commanders very first draft pick.

What Did They Get?

As for Dotson himself, he has been called by some, “the surest hands in the Draft.” He dropped just two balls in 138 targets last year. That’s obviously a major selling point for an NFL receiver.

At 5’11” and 180-ish pounds, he’s definitely not the biggest pass catcher in the league. He will need to eat some meat and potatoes and put some weight on that frame.

But he was a real menace at Penn State and very difficult to cover. While there may not have been the hype to his game, that say Drake London or Garrett Wilson received, he does seem ready to deliver the goods at the next level.

The 22-year-old had 91 catches for 1,182 yards with the Nittany Lions last year. He also scored 12 touchdowns. In fact, he had 21 career receiving touchdowns at Penn State – ten of them more than 40 yards. He is a legitimate deep threat. He ran a 4.43 40-yard dash.

He also has special team experience. He is an excellent punt returner, which will potentially fill another need.

Strengths

NFL Draft Buzz had this to say about Dotson:

A slippery runner with elusive footwork. Has little to no wasted movements between the reception and burst upfield.

Shows quickness off the snap to shake off corners and create room. Separates with hesitation moves and nice acceleration.

Dotson is a big-play producer. Since the start of last season, he is tied with Olave, Smith, and Jaelon Darden for the most 20-plus-yard TD catches in the country with 11.

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Strong Athlete

In high school, Dotson began showing his elite athleticism. He won the PIAA state championships in both the 4×100 relay and long jump (2016).

He also won regional state titles in both the 100m and 200m in 2018.

Now A Strength?

Dotson joins Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, Cam Sims and 2021 third-round pick Dyami Brown in the receiving corps.

That has the potential to become a dangerous unit, and new quarterback Carson Wentz should hopefully have enough reliable targets to put together a comeback season.

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Washington Eke Out Last Minute 34-30 Win Over Atlanta

Taylor Heinicke and the Washington Football Team saved their best for last. Washington scored two highlight-reel touchdowns in the final five minutes, to steal a 34-30 win over the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes Benz Stadium on Sunday.

For much of Sunday’s game it looked like Washington’s continued defensive struggles may cost them. Matt Ryan and the league’s third worst offense, still hung 374 yards on Washington. Ryan threw four touchdown passes, and was 25 of 42 for 283 yards.

Fortunately for Washington, Heinicke had other ideas. Playing in front of family and friends in the metropolitan city that he grew up in, Heinicke pulled a proverbial rabbit out of his helmet in the last five minutes.

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Is Sims On The Block With The New Receiver Additions?

Washington entered  the 2021 Free Agency period with the goal of improving their stock at wide receiver. In a manner of days, they signed top prospect Curtis Samuel, and then added Adam Humphries as a slot receiver. They also added slot receiver DeAndre Carter for punt and kickoff returns. So where does that leave fourth year man Cam Sims?

Sims is just 25 years old, and is on a cap-friendly of $2.2M per year deal after signing his free agent tender in March. Adding to his lack of job security is the fact that he is a holdover from the last coaching regime – not the current one.

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Washington Football Team 2021 Free Agent Signings

Here’s a breakdown of all of Washington’s 2021 NFL free-agent signings, and how some of the players are expected to contribute:

Updated: May 24th

Curtis Samuel, WR

The former Carolina Panther has agreed to a 3-year, $34.5 million deal with Washington, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Washington considered it a big need to get more downfield speed, and did so. Not only did they fill their number two receiver slot to pair with Terry McLaurin, they chose his friend and former teammate at Ohio State. Samuels can operate outside or in the slot, and offensive coordinator Scott Turner already knows how to tap into Samuel’s versatility. Grade: A

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