OT Dion Dawkins, Temple

6’4” – 314 lbs. – 5.11

Started one game at each tackle spot as a freshman, then each of the subsequent three seasons on the blindside. Very thickly-built collegiate left tackle who looks more similar to an offensive guard but may be able to remain at tackle after his arms measured in at over 35” in Indianapolis. Has a desirable on-field temperament: very physical and aggressive, regularly working through the whistle. Plays in an offense which asked him to handle different responsibilities on rushing downs but is probably a better fit for an inline scheme. Comes out of his stance low and is at his best when he’s asked to maul opponents in the run game. Plays with a lot of natural power, getting his arms extended and driving his feet to clear big holes for backs to run through. Uses hands which measured nearly eleven inches to lock onto opponents and sustain his blocks, although they find their way outside too often. Pretty explosive in a short-area but struggles to line up opponents when he’s asked to get out in space and secure blocks. Aggression can get the best of him at times, causing him to commit penalties. Footwork during his kickslide is a little bit sloppy, but was able to get by on his bulk and length at the college level. Actually a pretty nimble lineman given his size, with enough lateral agility to get to the corner against speed rushers. Forced to abandon his technique at times, especially against opponents who line up in wide alignments, but rarely allows rushers into the backfield uncontested. Exhibits a tendency to lower his head into contact rather than keeping his back straight to maintain his form. Has some issues with balance, bending at the waist and falling off of some attempts. Looks athletic enough to potentially stick on the outside, but would probably be a better fit at guard. Has a previous arrest for assault which will require further investigation. A dominant drive-blocker with the temperament, thickness, and length teams look for on the offensive line; also offers more athleticism than is typical for a player with his frame, which should make him either a quality offensive guard or a respectable offensive tackle. Somewhat resembles former Clemson product Brandon Thomas, with traits that should be appealing enough to get him selected somewhere in the second round.

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