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Jahan Dotson Ranked No. 8 Overall On Mel Kiper’s 2022 NFL Draft Big Board

The hype around Penn State wideout Jahan Dotson continues to grow.

ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. released his updated top-25 big board Thursday and had the star wideout ranked No. 8 overall. Not only does Kiper think Dotson is the eighth-best player in the 2022 draft, but he believes Dotson is the best wide receiver in the class.

“He can break tackles after the catch,” Kiper wrote. “While Dotson had a few drops in 2019 and 2020, he hasn’t dropped any of his 35 targets this season. He’s on pace for a spectacular season.”

Dotson is the second-highest-ranked Big Ten player on Kiper’s big board, trailing only Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, who’s ranked fifth.

After breaking out last season with 52 catches for 882 yards and eight touchdowns, Dotson has continued his excellence through Penn State’s first four games this year to the tune of 27 catches worth 362 yards and four touchdowns. He leads the Big Ten with his 27 catches and four touchdown receptions so far.

We’re obviously a long way away from the 2022 NFL Draft, but if Dotson’s stock remains this high, he could be the first Nittany Lion wideout drafted in the first round since Bryant Johnson in 2003. Additionally, he could even be the first Penn State top-10 pick since Saquon Barkley went No. 2 overall to the Giants in 2018.

Among Kiper’s top-10 positional rankings for the 2022 draft, four other Nittany Lions were recognized. Safety Jaquan Brisker and linebacker Brandon Smith are each ranked No. 2 at their respective positions, while defensive end Arnold Ebiketie is ranked No. 7 and defensive tackle PJ Mustipher is slotted at No. 10.

Dotson and the Nittany Lions will host Indiana at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night in a prime-time Stripe Out matchup at Beaver Stadium.

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