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PFF scouting report: Dion Dawkins, G, Temple

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 17: Dion Dawkins #66 of the Temple Owls in action during the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions on September 17, 2016 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Name: Dion Dawkins

School: Temple

Position fit: Guard in a power-blocking scheme

Stats to know: Playing out of position at tackle, Dawkins yielded two sacks, two hits and five QB hurries in 2016.

What he does best:

  • Big strong powerful guy that can block anyone man on man in power run blocking.
  • Nice explosion, with the biggest “pop” in the draft on the offensive line.
  • The kind of offensive lineman you want to call plays to run behind.
  • Substantial room for growth through development and better fundamentals.
  • Played tackle in a pro-style offense and flashed big time skill.
  • Showed continued improvement for three straight years.
  • Solid showing in the Senior Bowl game as he transitioned to guard.

Biggest concern:

  • A bit heavy, can he play with the level of quickness and speed necessary every down in the NFL?
  • Showed vulnerability on inside pass-rush moves. Feet stall and lacks consistent mirror ability.
  • The more space he has when blocking 1-on-1 the worse things get (should be mostly negated playing guard).
  • Struggles with backside cut off blocks at times on the first and second levels.
  • Surrendered season-high three pressures (sack, hit, hurry) vs. Penn State.

Bottom line: Dawkins has strength and pop you can’t teach or find. A bit heavy, but athletic and not slow, Dawkins can be a dominant guard in a power-blocking scheme. He needs development and strengthening of his fundamentals (especially at the guard position.) Dawkins demonstrates physical tools necessary to be a Pro Bowl player in the right system.

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