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Can Kevin Dotson be a contributor for the Steelers in 2020?

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Breaking down every player one-by-one alphabetically on the Steelers current 90-man roster

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 16 Louisiana at Texas A&M Photo by Daniel Dunn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

We are rolling along to part 26 of our 90-part series—assuming the roster does not change before we are complete—which will break down each player of the Steelers current 90-man roster in alphabetical order. This series will encompass many aspects of each players game and their current role with the team. At the end, I’ll give some projected stats as well as their chances to make the 53-man roster.

Let’s take a look at the fourth-round draft pick offensive lineman

Kevin Dotson

Position: G
Height: 6’ 4”
Weight: 321 lbs
College: Louisiana
Draft: 4th round 135th overall in 2020


2019 stats (Louisiana)

14 Starts


Contract remaining

N/A rookie deals are not yet available as Davis has not yet signed his deal with the Steelers


Likelihood of making the roster

Lock

Kevin Dotson is going to have room to grow and develop in 2020, and he’ll do it on the Steelers 53-man roster. The mauling guard likely will spend time learning behind the likes of David DeCastro and Stefen Wisniewski before potentially making an impact in 2021, if not sooner due to injury.


2020 projection

Dotson will probably end up getting a start or at the very least some snaps here and there. It’s almost impossible the entire offensive line makes it through the whole season without even a small injury. In the event it does happen, Dotson’s physical skills will see him at least get an opportunity.


Projected stats:

Games Played: 4
Starts: 2


Summary

I’m of the opinion Kevin Dotson will be a staple of the Steelers offensive line for the next decade. He will behind the 8-ball in 2020 as the COID-19 pandemic has cut the rookies field time substantially. I believe he can use 2020 and even 2021 as a pseudo red-shirt/odd start until about 2022 when he breaks through as one of the games top mauling guards. There’s a lot to like about the 2020 Steelers draft class, and Kevin Dotson is a prime example.


Previously Highlighted

Ola Adeniyi
Marcus Allen
Tyson Alualu
Trajan Bandy
Zach Banner
J.T. Barrett
John Battle
Jordan Berry
Saeed Blacknall
Breon Borders
Chris Boswell
Antoine Brooks Jr.
Isaiah Buggs
Devin Bush
Deon Cain
Kam Canaday
Chase Claypool
Josiah Coatney
James Conner
Anthony Coyle
Jordan Dangerfield
Amara Darboh
Carlos Davis
David DeCastro
Christian DiLauro