Possible Late-Round Draft Targets: Offensive Line

By Peter Thompson
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Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Furman offensive lineman Dakota Dozier goes through drills during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Dakota Dozier, Furman – G/LT – 3rd Round:

At 6’4″ / 313 lbs. Dozier plays with a mean streak, is a road grader, and pancakes his competition. He’s thick, stout, muscular, and has a lot of lower body strength to anchor. He is quick off the snap in the run game, and gets off of the line quickly when asked to trap or pull. In the passing game, he keeps defenders hands away from his chest, and maintains course through contact, keeping his balance in tight areas. Dozier is technically a left tackle but was very recently moved to guard.

Despite his level of inexperience at the position, he is already drawing comparisons to last years top draft pick Jonathan Cooper. He also played 44 out of 45 games in his career, and only missed time due to a minor knee injury. His versatility would be a huge plus for our offensive line. His fluid foot movement, and athleticism, will make him highly sought after in this year’s draft. With the right coaching, he may even be able to be a starting center. He still needs to work on his technique, but Coach Joe D is the best in the business!