Dante Pettis Draft Profile

Dante Pettis draft profile


  • Athletic and explosive
  • Versatile
  • Solid route runner
  • Knows full route tree
  • Natural pass catcher
  • Return skills are elite
  • YAC
  • Elusive

Analysis: Dante Pettis is an explosive athlete that comes from a bloodline of other great athletes. His father Gary, played 11 seasons in MLB, winning five gold gloves and is currently the third base coach for the World Series champion Houston Astros. His elder cousin Austin is the leading WR in Boise State history and played four seasons in the NFL. Dante Pettis is a fine-tuned route runner who can go through an entire route tree right now. Not many receivers in this class can say the same thing. He accelerates off the line and sinks hips into breaks for sharp turns and additional separation. Impressive short-area quickness for receiver with his stride length. Moves cornerbacks around with route savvy and effective fakes. Scrambles to uncover when quarterback leaves pocket. Works back to throws. Natural pass catcher with stick-and-stay hands. Plus concentration in traffic. Has sudden hands to make any catch. He is an even better returner, owning nine career return touchdowns during his time at Washington. Elusive in the open field.


  • Production didn’t match talent
  • Struggles against physical corners
  • Scouts question personality and lack of alpha in him
  • Needs to add muscle to frame

Analysis: For the type of athlete Dante Pettis is, his production did not back it up on the football field. Six of his seven touchdowns in 2017 came against two teams (Fresno State and Oregon State). He tends to hint about underneath routes with lack of vertical push. Physical cornerbacks throw him off his game, especially jamming him at the line of scrimmage. He needs to keep adding muscle and play strength to his frame. Can do better job of stacking cornerbacks once he has them beat. Scouts say he lacks an alpha personality and some question his long speed.

What the scouts say: “Really good with his routes. He was better last year when he had John Ross on the other side getting so much attention. He’s not incredibly fast which is why his punt return production is so impressive. He has a great feel for it.” — NFC team West Coast scout

Size: 6’1 192lbs

Draft Rank: No.7 WR

NFL Comparison: Kenny Stills

Draft Projection: Round 2-3

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