Scouting the OGs: Dakota Dozier, Furman

dozierDakota Dozier | Furman | 6’4″, 313lbs

Dakota Dozier, the veteran of 44 career starts during his tenure at Furman, enters the 2014 NFL Draft after a 2013 season in which he was named First Team All-Southern Conference and a unanimous First Team All-American (FCS)…Was named Third Team All-American in 2012, and was chosen as First Team All-Southern Conference that year, too (Named Second Team All-Conference in 2011)…Was named captain during his Senior season…Physically, Dozier is a well-built 313lbs, displaying a lean-looking frame that suggests the ability to continue adding good weight in the pros; He’s a little too lean in the lower half…Athletically, Dozier moves well for an interior line prospect, at times looking more like a big fullback than an offensive lineman…Possesses the initial quickness and suddenness off the snap to effectively get to the second level and reach his assignment…Displays good feet, both when chopping in the run game and when shuffle and sliding in pass protection…Exhibits the kind of strength expected from a pro prospect playing versus lesser competition; Manhandles his opponent and consistently drives them into the ground…In the run game, Dozier shows a tough and nasty demeanor, locking onto the defender and driving him away from the play’s aiming point…Creates a very good jolt on contact that stuns the defender…Helped pave the way for three 1,000 yard rushers during his time at Furman…In the passing game, Dozier displays adequate speed to the edge with coordinated feet and a strong base; He’s plenty strong enough to hold up versus the bull rush and has enough quickness and length to compete versus speed.

dozier2Dozier is a raw prospect who, with the exception of a few games during his career versus NFL talent, has dominated ‘rejects’…Tends to over-extend and lunge at the defender, especially when trying to reach his assignment in space; While he is a plus athlete, he can play a little wild and out of control at times…Lacks well-developed hand play at this point in his development; At times, he borders on holding with the amount of jersey he grabs onto…Relies more on his massive strength and overall athletic ability advantage than on sound technique and transferable NFL traits.

On the next level, Dakota Dozier projects as a developmental prospect who will provide nice initial value as a backup lineman who will primarily line up at guard, but who can kick outside to tackle in a pinch. He possesses the baseline measureables and dominant tape to confidently project NFL success despite his lower level of competition, and he has the movement skills and raw athleticism that if developed properly, could lead to his evolution as a starter in the pros. While I think he needs a season of NFL immersion, he is an intriguing small-schooler who looks the part of a ten year pro who will enjoy underrated success.

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GRADE: 6.5 (4th Round)

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