Dante Pettis, WR – Washington
6’0″ – 188 | SR
WR Rank: 10
Pass Game Strengths
- Excellent double move ability. Makes opposing corners bite very often.
- Strong hands at the line of scrimmage to keep corners from jamming and slowing him down.
- Chop-swipe technique is used perfectly to get off press coverage.
- Excellent body control while adjusting to passes mid-air.
- Wide catch radius. Makes catches away from his body in all directions.
- Played both outside and slot at Washington.
- Strong hands. Occasionally drops a pass but usually from lack of concentration.
- Good speed. Plays much faster than originally thought. Will likely run around mid-4.50s.
- Route running technique. Very good at running directly at the corner, gaining back shoulder leverage, and making the break once the corner commits to the flag route look.
- High-point ability. Goes up and meets the ball on deep throws.
Run Game Strengths
- Long arms keep defenders away from his body.
- Quick enough to meet defenders and block the edge.
Pass Game Weaknesses
- Although his technique is sharp, his route running is somewhat sloppy. Doesn’t seem controlled at times.
- Run after the catch is average at best.
- Is not super explosive after the catch.
- Ball security as a runner lacks. Occasionally lets the ball drop below his elbow, allowing defenders to strip with ease.
- Needs a better feel of sitting down in soft spots in zone coverage.
Run Game Weaknesses
- Blocking instincts are subpar. Doesn’t have the greatest feel for blocking.
- Has trouble holding down blocks.
Special Teams Stats
Dante Pettis excels down the field by separating from corners and beating them via double moves. He struggles with concentration drops and working in and out of zone coverage, but due to his incredible special teams ability, his stock will most definitely rise. Pettis likely won’t see an enormous role in the offense once he’s drafted, but he should immediately contribute as a returner and deep threat. He does not profile as anything more than a 2nd option in a team’s passing attack. Expect him to continue to develop throughout his first couple years in the NFL before he contributes to your dynasty teams.
NFL Draft Prediction
Mid 3rd Round
NFL Player Comparison
Despite his landing spot, I would be targeting Pettis in the late 2nd to early 3rd round range of rookie drafts. I would be most comfortable selecting him anywhere after 2.12 due to the likely inconsistency regarding his receiving skills.
Pettis will be an excellent return man but a boom-or-bust WR3 for not only for his NFL team but for dynasty teams as well.