In the next part of Rob Rang's series previewing players the Seahawks could take in the 2017 NFL Draft, Rang focuses on Temple offensive lineman Dion Dawkins. Listen to his breakdown of Dawkins below plus check out a few highlights!
At the NFL Combine, Dawkins measured 6'4 and 314 lbs while running a 5.11 40-yard-dash and posting 26 reps in the Bench Press, a 7.30 second 3-cone-drill and 4.78 20-yard-shuttle.
STRENGTHS Burly upper body and thick calves down below. Has shown enough upper-body strength to muscle his defender around even without using great leverage. Shows a natural amount of core strength to battle against bull rushers. Able to get out of stance and into his kick-slide with pretty good fluidity and quickness. Uses choppy steps to slide and rarely allows his base to get too narrow in pass protection or in the run game. Plays with balance. Uses aggressive, tight settle-step into defender and then fires hands and hips to help generate push in run game. Has experience in zone- and gap-running schemes. Full-time three-year starter at left tackle.
WEAKNESSES Hands are often too wide in pass protection and his punch turns into grabbing. Needs to keep hands quieter and inside pre-punch.
Wide punch approach robs him of some of his natural length. Will head-butt into contact in pass pro. Can be a little inconsistent with footwork when attempting to redirect back inside against stunts. Has a little stiffness in his hips that limit his bend and could affect anchor. Gets caught over-committing on twists and will open the door for looping rushers. Needs to work on improving leverage rather than relying on pure power. Plays with inconsistent angles to the linebackers when making backside cut-off blocks.
SOURCES TELL US "I don't know if I see him as a guard or a tackle yet, but I think he can play both. I like him because I think he could upgrade our pass protection inside if we did bump him to guard, but he's athletic enough to play right tackle, too." -- AFC West scout