Meet the bouncer turned Steeler who could become Big Ben's protector

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Kevin Dotson laughs at the description used to describe him during the 2020 NFL draft process. Mostly because it’s true.

One draft analyst said Dotson, an offensive guard from the University of Louisiana, moves guys around the field “like a pissed off club bouncer.” The author likely didn’t know how right he was in that assessment.

“It’s crazy because I was a bouncer for the last two years,” Dotson said after the Pittsburgh Steelers selected him in the fourth round of the NFL draft. “It’s kind of accurate, but I’m pretty technical in my hand usage. So, I feel like people try to put you in a box just because you’re strong. As soon as they hear you’re strong, they say you’re a brawler. They kind of just take everything else out.”
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Like his playing style, Dotson’s approach to bouncing in downtown Lafayette, Louisiana, was more than just physical.

“People get real rowdy when they get drunk,” Dotson said. “The person that normally wouldn’t do it, usually gets brave, and you got to put a lid on that. I try to give them the benefit of the doubt, like, 'Hey bro, you’ve got to chill out.’ I’ll tell them that the first time, that they need to chill out or get kicked out. Try to give them a chance.”

Most of the time, a mean mug from the 6-foot-4, 310-pound Dotson was enough.6

“I don’t want to have to throw you out,” Dotson told them. “Either you can come out here, or I’m going to have to do it to you.”

Dotson might have a brawler reputation on the field, but off it, his dad Kelcy worries he might accidentally address his new Steelers teammates -- his peers -- as "yes, sir," and "no, sir." That’s just how Kevin and his twin brother, Kenny, were raised.

That combination of strength and character is exactly what made the Steelers pick Kevin their second selection in the fourth round -- and what makes him a viable candidate to fill Ramon Foster’s spot at starting left guard.

“He is truly the old school, tough football player,” said Rob Sale, the University of Louisiana’s offensive line coach. “It comes back from the way he was raised from his dad.”new nike nfl jerseys cheap

“That’s one of the biggest snubs I’ve ever been a part of,” said D.J. Looney, Louisiana’s assistant offensive line coach. “This guy was a consensus All-American, started over 50 games. There’s not a blemish on his record. I think that was bulls---.”

It didn’t matter to the Steelers. After being impressed with Kevin in the East-West Shrine game, they used the No. 135 pick overall on him, making him the first player selected in the 2020 draft who didn’t get a combine invite -- a feat especially noteworthy since the coronavirus pandemic curbed the evaluation process.

That combine snub doesn’t bother Kevin. His mantra keeps him from focusing on things that would drive other guys crazy.

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