Duke Dawson Draft Profile

Duke Dawson draft profile

Strengths:

  • Patience
  • Footwork
  • Rarely opens hips before receiver shows his release
  • Football intelligence and instincts are a plus
  • Digests route combinations
  • Attacks high side or trail side to ruin the catch point
  • Dominated Christian Kirk
  • Allowed less than 40 percent completion rate in each of the last two seasons
  • Gritty and competitive in run support

Analysis: Duke Dawson is a strong, physical corner who will excel in the slot at the next level.¬†Dawson can handle himself in man or zone coverage and is ready to work when run support calls. He has some length and speed limitations, but he has the instincts and cover talent to become a starting nickel cornerback. He is patient in his backpedal, mirroring the receivers footwork down the field. He is one of the most instinctive corners in this year’s draft and his football IQ sets him apart from most. He can read and digest the route combinations of opposing receivers, showing off his awareness and understanding of the game. When Florida played Texas A&M he completely dominated and shut down potential first round pick Christian Kirk. His numbers do not lie…he allowed less than 40 percent completion rate against him the last two years he played at Florida. He will not shy away from contact and will be one of the first off the edge in run support. Willing to lay the big hit.

Weaknesses:

  • Average athleticism
  • Gets ‘handsy’
  • Long speed is average
  • Gives up some separation to burners
  • Short arms stymie opportunities to challenge the catch downfield
  • Missed tackles arise from trying to hit over wrap as a tackler

Analysis: There is some concern that Duke Dawson lacks the ideal athleticism you look for in an early round pick corner. He struggles against receivers with blazing deep speed and willingly gives separation to those types of receivers. His short arms will cause him to struggle with pass defensed down the field. Will he be able to consistently break away the ball from receivers? On tape, he has missed some tackles, not because of skill but because he tries to crush the ball carrier rather than showing patience and wrapping up. He will get handsy and grab opponents jerseys at the top of the route—this will cause a high amount of penalties at the next level.

What the scouts say:¬†“Good football player. He just has a natural feel for the game no matter where they have lined him up. Florida has had better athletes for sure, but he’s going to be an NFL contributor for sure.” — NFC team regional scout

Size: 5’11 197lbs

Draft Rank: No.6 CB

NFL Comparison: Orlando Scandrick

Draft Projection: Round 2

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