Ron Rivera: Commanders didn’t need a pre-draft visit with Jahan Dotson

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We recently explained that there may not be a significant correlation between number of pre-draft visits and actual interest in a player. In some cases, a player makes the rounds extensively because teams have extensive questions to ask him.

The reverse is also true. If a team has no questions about a prospect, there’s no need to bring him in for a visit.

Commanders coach Ron Rivera recently explained to Rich Eisen that the team didn’t bring first-round receiver Jahan Dotson to town for a visit before selecting him for that very reason.

“We had a good stack of players that were available,” Rivera told Eisen, via NBCSportsWashington.com. “One of the guys in that group was Jahan, who we felt very, very good about. We felt so good about him that we didn’t bring him in on a 30 visit just because we felt like we knew enough about him, that he was the kind of guy that we had hoped to get a chance at, and sure enough we did. . . .

“He was a guy we didn’t have really any questions on. We had over six of our personnel there for his pro day, they did a lot of background on him while they were there. We’ve done a lot of background on him throughout. We just felt like this was a guy we didn’t have any questions on, so we didn’t want to raise any flags as far as he was concerned, so we opted not to bring him in.”

That’s another reason to not bring a guy in or a top-30 visit. Other teams will find out about it, and then they may think that the Commanders are targeting him. As it happened, they were able to trade down and still get him.

6 responses to “Ron Rivera: Commanders didn’t need a pre-draft visit with Jahan Dotson

  1. Is it any wonder our draft choices are either bust or mediocre, No visits then spend all your money on a has been QB. A trend that has been going on since Dan Snyder took over. I firmly believe there will be no championships for Washington as long as this guy stays.

  2. So…you’re excited about a QB who takes unnecessary risks and throws picks at the most inopportune times, whose last team basically took the ball out of his hands; AND you also don’t need to vet players before you draft them because…because you’re Ron Rivera and you won with knuckleheads like Cam Newton and Greg Hardy, so I don’t need to vet players? Okay…I guess.

  3. A lot of folks wanna trash Rivera which is weird because while hes not perfect hes a legit head coach in this league and its nice to finally have an adult in the room, exactly what this franchise needed, did you honestly think it would be perfect? And who else was going to come here? No one commenting on here knows more about football than he does so lets hold it with the trashing of every draft pick and acquisition he makes, we have a pretty decent roster

  4. A lot of folks wanna trash Rivera which is weird because while hes not perfect hes a legit head coach in this league and its nice to finally have an adult in the room, exactly what this franchise needed, did you honestly think it would be perfect? And who else was going to come here? No one commenting on here knows more about football than he does so lets hold it with the trashing of every draft pick and acquisition he makes, we have a pretty decent roster.
    You could be right about Rivera, How ever listening to who ever it was to draft last years number one and this years number one is bad for business. You have to Ask yourself who is he listing Too.

  5. The Commanders have had numerous coaches who have had success in other programs and won before they came to Washington. None of them exceeded expectations. Why ? Thereis one constant in the equation, Synder. As lomg as he owns the team Washington will never come close to resembling a professional football team. You have to be a very special person to maintain the dust trail this guys maintains, especially when he is on paved road.

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