By: Steve Johnson
Dion Dawkins, OT, Temple
6’4″ 314, 35″ arms, 9 7/8″ hands
5.11 40, 26″ vert, 106″ broad jump
2013: Played 5 games, starting two.
2014: Started all 11 games at LT.
2015: Started 13 of 14 games at LT
2016: Started all 14 games at LT
Injuries: Brok his foot in 2013. Sprained his ankle in 2014. Had surgery in 2015 to repair a torn meniscus.
History: New Jersey native that attended Hargrave Military Academy (VA). Was involved in a fight, along with Temple teammate Haason Reddick that left a student injured. Charges were dismissed and he participated in a diversionary program.
Strengths: Very agile (7.30 3-cone drill is 2nd best among tackles). Heavy hands, can pack a punch. Good size with long arms (35″). Thick upper body, naturally strong. Good initial quickness out of his stance. Three year starter for a program that came a long way.
Weaknesses: Not as good in pass-pro as he is in the run game. Not ready to protect the QB’s blind side, might be better suited inside or at RT. Can’t handle elite NFL speed off the edge just yet. Has been banged up a little bit.
Overview: A good, strong athlete who started 3 years at Left Tackle. Might be more ideally suited to kick inside or play on the power side. Didn’t look comfortable inside in the pro day.
Draft Projection: Late 2nd Round Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 5.7