PROS: Big and physical. Love how he rolls his hips into contact, fits his hands and accelerates his feet to create push in the run game. Does well to keep his pads low and maximize his functional strength. Pop in his hands is notable, as is his core strength. He does a great job staying square throughout the rep as a run blocker on account of his core strength and how well he can absorb contact. Has a road-graders mentality and he puts people on their back. Always works to finish. Started 52 consecutive games at right guard for Louisiana.
CONS: Has to work on his footwork in pass protection to maintain a consistent base and set himself up to slide and mirror. Plays too tall in pass protection and when combined with his inconsistent base, it leads to body control issues. Frequent short sets in college so he has a long ways to go in terms of executing pass blocking sets that are what he’ll be tasked with in the NFL. Has some waste bending tendencies. Range is modest for pulls and work on the second level. Has only played one position.
BEST TRAIT - Run Blocking
WORST TRAIT - Footwork
RED FLAGS - None
Louisiana offensive linemen Kevin Dotson enters the NFL after starting 52 consecutive games across four seasons in college, all coming at the right guard position. Dots is a mauler in the run game that maximizes his play strength to create significant movement. His anchor is stout in pass protection and he has an ideal frame for interior play in the NFL. With that said, he’s technique in pass protection needs quite a bit of work, especially with his feet. If he can develop his footwork, Dotson has the makeup of an NFL starter in a power run scheme.