Penn State loses Jahan Dotson from their wide receiver room, but they’re gaining a ton of talent to fill his shoes. Parker Washington is a name that many are expecting to make a pretty big leap before potentially moving to the NFL after next season. Another name is wide receiver Mitchell Tinsley, who joined Penn State this offseason from western Kentucky.
Tinsley has had an impressive career at Western Kentucky, with his quarterback now playing at Bailey Zappe in the NFL. Tinsley ranked 8th in yards from all FBS schools last year and recorded 1,402 yards. Teammate Jerreth Sterns finished first with 1,902 yards.
Tinsley brings more speed to Penn State’s wide receiver room, and while Dotson wasn’t the most physical after the catch, it’s an area that separates Tinsley from Dotson.
Tinsley is in a really good position to add to his draft roster. While the Hilltoppers had very limited competition, they did play against a few Power Five teams, including Mel Tucker’s Michigan State Spartans. Tinsley finished that game with seven receptions for 127 yards. That was one of six games in which Tinsley recorded over 1,000 yards reception.
Tinsley also brings plenty of experience, and his reliability will be key to the Nittany Lions’ offense. Tinsley also does an exceptional job of creating Separation. You see it a little more in short distances than in the deep ball.
Dotson was capable of being a deep ball threat but Tinsley’s speed made him much more efficient on the shorter stretches.
Tinsley also has reliable hands and has often been seen catching passes in heavy traffic and even in two-team situations. In these situations, Tinsley often appears calm and never panics when under intense pressure. Tinsley is a receiver that brings a combination of size and speed to the table. In many instances, Penn State has not had a receiver who could play as physically as Tinsley.
The Nittany Lions have a talented wide receiver room amid Dotson’s departure to the NFL. Tinsley is a guy who could easily top up his draft stash and see himself through to the second round. Draft predictions don’t mean all that much until the end of the 2023 college football season. The 2023 wide receiver class is teeming with talent. Not only talents, but also sleepers. One of those sleepers? Mitchell Tinsley.
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