Dante Pettis

Washington
WR

Prospect Info

College
Washington
Hometown
Class
San Clemente, CA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
186 lbs
32 1/4”
Hands
9 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.71
Chance to Become NFL Starter
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2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
San Francisco
49ers
Round 2 ‧ Pick 12
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You could say the Pettis family has some athletic prowess. Dante's father, Gary, played 11 seasons of major league baseball for four teams, winning five Gold Gloves as a centerfielder. His older cousin, Austin, was Boise State's all-time leading receiver before playing in the NFL for four seasons with the St. Louis Rams. Pettis was an all-conference high school football player at cornerback as a junior and receiver as a senior, while also playing hoops and competing at the California state track meet in the 200 meters and long jump. His athleticism got him on the field with the Huskies as a true freshman in a punt returner (28 att., 288 yards, TD) and part-time starting receiver (five starts in 13 games, 17 receptions, 259 yards, TD) role. Pettis excelled on special teams again as a sophomore, ranking fourth in the nation with 16.9 yards per punt return (16 att., 271 yards, two TD). He started eight of 13 games at receiver, as well (30 receptions, 414 yards, TD). Pettis combined with quarterback Jake Browning to explode on the national scene in 2016, displaying centerfielder-type hands as well as excellent toughness as a receiver, runner, and blocker. He ranked seventh in the FBS with 15 touchdown receptions and garnered second-team All-Pac-12 honors with 53 catches for 822 yards. His increased role on offense did not prevent him from making plays as a punt returner for the third straight season (25 att., 287 yards, two TD, ranked 10th in the FBS with 11.5 yards per return).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 3-4
NFL Comparison
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Overview
Solid secondary receiving option who has spent time on his craft and has the ability to attack and uncover on all three levels. Pettis lacks physicality and could struggle to handle in-your-face press corners, so he may see snaps from the slot. While his punt return talent solidifies his draft standing, his ability as route-runner combined with his smooth pass-catching should give him a long, solid career.
Strengths
  • Good athlete with explosion traits
  • Can play outside or from slot
  • Fine-tuned route runner known for his work ethic
  • Runs full route tree
  • Accelerates off 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
  • Makes necessary deep ball and in-air body adjustments to catch
  • Has slant and fade quickness near goal line to dismantle coverage
  • Elusive punt return specialist with nine career touchdowns
  • Eludes first tackler and hits his top gear quickly
Weaknesses
  • Production was inconsistent in stretches
  • Had six of his seven receiving touchdowns against Fresno State and Oregon State
  • May need to alter route speeds a little more on the pro level
  • Tends to hint about underneath routes with lack of vertical push
  • Physical cornerbacks throw him off his game
  • 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
Sources Tell Us

"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

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league