It’s widespread to listen to the draft known as a crapshoot, and the explanation needs to be apparent sufficient to anyone who has adopted the NFL — or actually any sport that entails a draft course of. Evidently, issues more and more grow to be extra unpredictable the deeper within the draft you get.
By the point you’re choosing in the course of the fourth spherical, you’re actually not getting into anticipating that you just’re getting a sure-fire starter. Usually talking, touchdown two starters out of a single draft class is fairly good.
The Pittsburgh Steelers doubtless enter the 2021 season with three starters from their 2020 Draft class, in a yr wherein that they had no first spherical draft choose, and that’s due to guys like fourth spherical Louisiana-Lafayette product Kevin Dotson, whom most assume will begin at left guard. And he’s been vouched for already, with Maurkice Pouncey, lately retired, giving Dotson excessive reward.
Again in October, Pouncey instructed reporters that he believes Dotson can be a Steeler for a very long time, and likened him to All-Professional proper guard David DeCastro when it comes to his taking part in model and the intangibles that he brings to the desk.
“It means loads to listen to that. He’s quiet about that stuff. He doesn’t present it all the time. However to listen to him say it, it means loads,” he mentioned of the longtime Steelers’ feedback, chatting with Teresa Varley for the group’s web site. “And to be in comparison with DeCastro, he’s nice. I assure he’s going to be within the Corridor of Fame sometime. To be in comparison with him, that’s particular”.
Had the Steelers began the 2020 season wholesome, he probably would have been a wholesome scratch for the season opener, coming all the way down to both he or the extra skilled and center-capable J.C. Hassenauer. However DeCastro was dinged as much as begin the yr, and high inside reserve, Stefen Wisneiwski, went down late in that sport.
And so it got here to move that he logged his first profession snaps in his first-ever NFL sport, after which began per week later. In all, he began 4 video games throughout his rookie season: Two at proper guard, two at left guard, amassing greater than 300 snaps of taking part in time.
He drew constructive evaluations for his efficiency on either side filling in for DeCastro and Matt Feiler, respectively. With Feiler now out west with the Los Angeles Chargers, it appears doubtless, barring maybe a excessive draft choose coming in, that Dotson will take over at left guard.
I feel we will safely guess the place Pouncey would put his cash. And given the way in which the younger man has performed up to now, I don’t assume anyone will declare shock if he finally ends up having a protracted and profitable profession — hopefully in Pittsburgh.