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2018 Prospect Preview: Duke Dawson has performed admirably with limited role

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 29: Teez Tabor #31, Duke Dawson #7, and Chris Thompson #85 of the Florida Gators celebrate after the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field on October 29, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

  • Florida CB Duke Dawson, a native to the Sunshine State, forced an incompletion on 31.0 percent of his targets last season, the highest mark of any draft-eligible cornerback.
  • A former four-star recruit, Dawson also far exceeded expectations when defending the run in 12 games (seven starts) last season, as he ranked No. 3 in total run stops (6) among returning SEC cornerbacks with less than 200 snaps in run defense. He earned a 76.1 grade against the run for his efforts.
  • Working against Dawson, he has logged just 868 defensive snaps in his three-year career in Gainesville. He will need to mimic his early success within a much more significant role during his senior campaign in 2017 to warrant a rise in his draft stock.

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