By Zach Cavanagh
San Clemente native and JSerra alum Dante Pettis is projected as a second- or third-day pick in this week’s NFL Draft.
The former Washington receiver figures to be selected in the third round on Friday, April 27 or fourth round on Saturday, April 28.
Pettis is a good option as a secondary receiver and has been praised as an expert route-runner. With his size at 6-foot-1, 186 pounds, Pettis might have trouble on the outside but could fit in expertly as a slot receiver.
Pettis is also a versatile talent that could find himself on an NFL roster in other ways.
Pettis made his mark in college as a punt returner with nine punt-return touchdowns to set the career NCAA record. Pettis also tied the NCAA record for consecutive games with a punt-return touchdown after scoring in the first three games of the 2017 season.
Dante won’t be the first in his family to get a shot in professional sports or in the NFL. Dante’s father, Gary Pettis played major league baseball, and his cousin, Austin Pettis, played in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers.
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