Less than 2% of college football players are drafted into the NFL. And not all of those who are drafted will make a roster.

So the odds of just playing in the league are small, let alone scoring a touchdown in one's first few games.

Washington Commanders rookie wide receiver Jahan Dotson is way ahead of the curve. He might have only nine catches through three games, but he has compiled three touchdowns, including two in his NFL debut.

The only other rookie to join Dotson, the No. 16 overall pick, with a TD in each of his first two games this season is a major surprise -- Los Angeles Chargers fullback Zander Horvath. Horvath, a seventh-round pick, has only three receptions for 7 yards and one carry for 2 yards. But he managed to find himself on the receiving end of a short Justin Herbert touchdown pass in each of his first two games.

In all, 11 rookies have scored touchdowns through the first three games of the NFL season. Indianapolis Colts tight end Jelani Woods joined the group this past Sunday, turning his only two receptions this season into touchdowns of 1 and 12 yards.

The question then becomes: What did each player do with the football? Did he give the ball to his parents? Stick it in a trophy case? It's a special item from the start of an NFL career.

Here's what the rookies told our NFL Nation reporters about their plans for those first touchdown footballs.


Jahan Dotson, WR, Washington Commanders

The plays: Dotson caught a leaping 7-yard pass in the back of the end zone and he grabbed the go-ahead 24-yard touchdown pass with 1:46 left in Washington's 28-22 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1.

What he's doing with the ball: The No. 16 pick in the draft had at least 50 family and friends in the stadium for his debut. But only two of them will leave with a game ball: his parents.

"They can do whatever they want with it," Dotson said.

Dotson was just happy that he had the ball in his hands on the field. "It was definitely pretty cool," he said. "I've just been working all my life for this moment and to do that in front of all my family and friends was a cool moment."