Where would Steelers 2020 picks be selected in the 2021 NFL Draft?
By Tommy Jaggi
OG Kevin Dotson: Late 2nd round
Considering his former fourth-round draft status, I think offensive guard, Kevin Dotson, would make the biggest jump in the draft if he were to be thrown in with this year’s draft class. The former Lousianna Lafeyette standout didn’t get so much as an NFL Combine invite last year, but he certainly proved all of his doubters wrong.
Despite coming from a small football program, Dotson had no trouble catching up to the speed of the NFL game. In fact, many would claim that he was even their most impressive offensive lineman from a season ago (albeit, in a limited fashion). Dotson is a barrel-chested bully on the field that can drive defenders back. Surprisingly, he graded out as one of the best interior pass protectors in the NFL during his rookie season, according to Pro Football Focus.
This year’s interior offensive line class is much stronger than it was a year ago but still doesn’t possess a lot of elite talent. Many believe that USC’s Alijah Vera-Tucker and Michigan’s Jalen Mayfield will be forced to kick inside at the next level, and there is a pair of strong center prospects in Creed Humphrey and Landon Dickerson. However, after Dotson’s thoroughly impressive rookie campaign, I would not bat an eye if he was re-drafted in the late second round in this hypothetical scenario where he is thrown into the 2021 draft class.