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James Franklin, Former Teammates Congratulate Jahan Dotson on Washington Selection

Photo by Penn State Athletics: Jahan Dotson makes a TD grab.

In this year’s NFL draft, Penn State wide receiver Jahan Dotson went 16th overall to the Washington Commanders. Naturally, Penn State coach James Franklin and others that worked with Dotson throughout his four years at Penn State took to Twitter to congratulate Dotson on his selection.

“We are so proud of Jahan for being selected by the Washington Commanders,” Franklin wrote. “He will be a tremendous addition to the Commanders organization. Jahan has an intense, laser-like focus on greatness and a competitive edge that will serve him well at the next level. His quickness, sure hands and route running ability will make him a dangerous and explosive threat in the NFL. Jahan is a perfect example of what we want our program to be all about. As impressive as his accomplishments were at Penn State on the field, Jahan’s thoughtfulness and character have always impressed me the most. We are very appreciative of everything Jahan has done to represent our program the right way and I wish him nothing but the best in his NFL career.” 

Penn State’s most recent first-round pick before Dotson, Baltimore Ravens defensive end Odafe Oweh, wrote a much shorter Tweet that carried the same message.

KJ Hamler, a receiver who played with Dotson in 2018 and ‘19 before declaring for the draft and being selected by the Denver Broncos in 2020, didn’t hide his excitement.

Of course, the person most excited about Dotson’s future is the man himself.

“I’m excited with a Capitol E,” Dotson tweeted. “Pumped to be a member of the @Commanders #TakeCommand.

Dotson is the first player drafted by Washington’s franchise since the team changed it’s name to the Commanders after the 2021 season. Washington has had an NFL team since 1932, and now, will enter a new era after two seasons as the Washington Football Team. The franchise hopes Dotson will play a big part.

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