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Kevin Dotson's path to the NFL wasn't an easy one considering that he wasn't invited to the Scouting Combine last year and had his pro day canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The uncertainty of it all made Dotson doubt himself.
"It's one of those things where it was like once you get the chance, I knew if I got a chance, I would be good, even if I was on a practice squad," Dotson told Teresa Varley of Steelers.com. "But I was at a point where I was talking down on myself, to the point where I was saying what if you don't get picked up at all. I saw people who I knew were good enough to get drafted or picked up and didn't.
"There were times I didn't go to sleep at all at night because I was thinking about it. What if I don't get picked up? You have this whole thing lined up, you think you are going to be in the league, and you don't know what is going to happen."
Against the odds, however, Dotson came out on top and was selected by the Steelers in the fourth round in the draft last year out of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Dotson put together a solid season in his rookie year and started four games, two at right guard and two at left guard, and showcased a lot of potential and upside in the years to come. Dotson is projected to be the Steelers' starting left guard in 2021.
Former Steelers outside linebacker Arthur Moats, who is now a member of the media, posted a video on Twitter today showing Dotson perform flawless pass protection last season in a Week 16 game against the Colts.
Dotson should only get better as the years go on and it wouldn't be surprising to see him as a Pro Bowler someday as his future is very bright. The potential is definitely there.