by J.T. Toth
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Today’s Spotlight - Georgia, Wide Receiver, Dominic Lovett
Name- Dominic Lovett
Pos- Wide Receiver
HT/WT- 5’10” 179 lbs.
Home – Belleville, IL
Lovett attended East Saint Louis High School where he was a four-star recruit and the overall #52 wide receiver prospect. He put up huge numbers his junior season when he caught 73 passes for 1,541 yards and 16 touchdowns. He missed his senior season due to Covid-19. After originally committing to Arizona State, he flipped to Missouri during his senior year.
As a freshman at Missouri, Lovett played in 13 games mostly on special teams but did start six games later in the season at wide receiver. He finished the season with 26 receptions for 173 yards with most of his receptions coming off quick screens and slants.
Last season, Lovett finished 4th in the SEC in regular season receiving yards with 846 to go along with his 56 receptions and 3 touchdowns. After the season, he decided to enter the transfer portal and very quickly selected Georgia as his next destination.
Lovett has explosive short-area movement and the straight line speed to get safeties on their heels. He has return skills and is efficient in running after the catch. He is able to turn on a dime making it almost impossible for a defender to mirror him. On deep passes he does a good job of extending himself and tracking the ball, and is a fluid route runner who comes in and out of breaks sharply. On film, Lovett never stops moving on the field, and never takes if a play breaks down to find open space. At Missouri, he was used a lot in tight quarters on quick slants and screens and made the most out of what was given to him.
On the downside, Lovett is small for an NFL receiver and has issues with breaking tackles. He can struggle to get off the line of scrimmage against press coverage and he needs to try and add weight (in muscle) to his frame. He loses concentration at times and will drop passes that he shouldn’t. His blocking is below average to poor and he will have to add this to his repertoire if he ever wants to be a three-down receiver in the NFL.
Randall Cobb, the long time Green Bay Packer now New York Jet is a nice comparison for Lovett and perhaps a good estimation for his ceiling as a player. Both have similar skill sets, excelling at the quick slants and are a handful to bring down after a catch. Cobb has transformed since his rookie season in 2011 and as his career went on was able to become a deep threat as well. Perhaps Lovett can do the same.
Explosive short area
Fluid route runner
Non stop motor
Dominic Lovett is another wide receiver in a large pool of prospects. He has solid skill across the board but not one of those skills sets him apart from the others.
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