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Dakota Dozier NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for New York Jets LT
RICHARD SHIRO

Dakota Dozier, LT, Furman, (HT: 6'3 5/8"; WT: 313 lbs)

New York Jets

Fourth Round: 137th Pick

Combine Weigh In
Height Weight Arm Hand
6035 313 33 7/8" 9 7/8"

NFL.com

Combine Workout
40-yard dash 10-yd split Bench Vert Broad 3-cone Shuttle
5.42 1.78 23 24" 8'5" 8.14 4.89

NFL.com

Positives

  • Likes to throw guys and knock them down.
  • Naturally just big and powerful in comparison to teammates. Plays football with his chest puffed out like a blowfish.
  • Appears extremely dominant against his level of competition as a puller and trapper in Furman's offense.
  • Maintains proper leverage and positioning versus smaller, more athletic players in free space.
  • Seems to love finishing plays with dominant pins and knockdowns.
  • Has shown the ability to effectively get to the second level.
  • Seems fairly sturdy and balanced as a pass-blocker on the edge.
  • Has a nice kick-slide. He resets his feet well and positions himself nicely to engage outside speed rushers.
  • Tough player who appeared to be playing banged up—and at a very high level—for most of two quarters versus Coastal Carolina in 2013.
  • Furman would basically line up and run behind him at times when needed. A true weapon in its offense.
  • Tied for the 12th-fastest 10-yard split among offensive linemen tested at the combine, a great indicator of explosion.
  • Had an impressive showing in on-field drills at his pro day and Gil Brandt of NFL.com suggests he was a standout at the East-West Shrine Game.

 

Negatives

  • Size not ideal for an NFL tackle, very likely to bump inside to guard.
  • Questionable leg drive at direct point of attack. This could be an issue vs. 3-techniques as a guard.
  • Shows a habit of bending forward too much at the waist.
  • Plays with a consistently high pad level. Will need to focus on getting his pads down.
  • A bit inconsistent with motor, can look like a cherry bomb coming out of his stance on one play and then sloppy on the occasional one.
  • Outside of 10-yard split, had a horrible combine.
  • Fourth-slowest offensive line prospect in the 40-yard dash, 12th-worst at bench press, tied for sixth-worst in the vertical, seventh-worst in the three-cone drill and fourth-worst in the short shuttle.
  • Did not attempt to improve on any of these disastrous numbers at Furman's pro day.
  • Level of competition at Furman was clearly inferior for a large majority of contests.

 

Personal Notes (per Furman Athletic Department)

  • Full name is Dakota Duran Dozier.
  • Son of Ginny Watts.
  • Born April 30, 1991, in West Columbia, S.C.
  • Has a sister named Leandra.
  • Plays the cello.
  • Health sciences major.

 

Ratings Chart

Grades by Alex Dunlap

 

Overall

Dozier is an outstanding prospect, but his combine numbers were brutal and raise questions about the level of competition Furman faced in college. In these cases, evaluators can point to games like Clemson in 2012 and see that Dozier has proven very capable of operating at a high level against BCS competition.  

Dozier seems very capable of bumping inside to guard and being an immediate contributor at the NFL level based on his film alone, but the combine numbers indicate otherwise.

The NFL team that drafts him will be worried he may need time in a professional strength and development program before he is ready for the leap in competition.

 

Draft Projection: Third Round

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