Pittsburgh Steelers guard Kevin Dotson has been thrust into action early and often in his first season with injuries to key starters across the offensive line, but the rookie has more than answered the call.
Pro Football Focus has graded Dotson as the NFL’s best pass-blocking interior offensive lineman this season at 88.9.
.@PFF_Steve with us: "Just by our play by play grading, Kevin Dotson has the Steelers' highest pass blocking grade, only giving up 1 pressure on 99 pass blocking attempts. That's fantastic. He's outplayed expectations."— The Fan Morning Show (@FanMorningShow) October 20, 2020
Dotson has two starts this season, and has seen significant action in relief of starting guard David DeCastro who has missed three games with injury.
The rookie is not the only Steelers offensive linemen to have success in 2020, as the whole unit has done an excellent job of protecting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger through five games. Pittsburgh has allowed just eight sacks thus far, which is the tied for the third-fewest in the league.
The Steelers selected Dotson with the 135th overall pick in the fourth round of April’s NFL Draft. Dotson was a four-year letterwinner for the Louisiana Rajin’ Cajuns and named First-Team All-American in 2019.