Paul Dawson draft profile
- Instinctive player
- Shed blocks-makes self “skinny”
- Smooth lateral movement
- Great in coverage- 35% of passes were completed against him
- Effort-solid competitor
Analysis: Dawson is one of the most NFL ready inside linebackers in the draft class. He can diagnose running plays with ease, and causes fits for offensive lineman who attempt to engage and block Dawson. His block shedding ability is unquestioned. Solid lateral movement allows Dawson to excel in pass coverage, only 35% of passes were completed to players he was covering. A true leader on the TCU defense, effort is always 100% as he never takes a play off.
Need to improve:
- Smallish size
- Lacks ideal speed
- Needs more work in the film room
- Needs to wrap-up better
- Character issues
Analysis: Based on pure talent, Dawson could be selected in the first or second round in the NFL draft. However, character issues and a poor combine have scouts wondering where Dawson might fit. With a 40 yard dash time of 4.93, questions about Dawson’s speed have come to the forefront. Speed and agility were supposed to be a strength in Dawson’s game, where power and brute force were his weaknesses. I do not take a lot of stock in combine results; the game is played on the field and what a players game-tape says is the true definition of what type of player they are. As long as Dawson can focus on football and spend time in the film room he can be a pro bowl caliber player at the next level.
Round prediction: 2nd round
NFL Comparison: London Fletcher