New York Jets Select- Dakota Dozier, OG/OT, Furman

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With the 137th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New York Jets have selected Furman offensive lineman Dakota Dozier – the “Bulldozier.”

Measurables/Combine Numbers: 

  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 313 lbs
  • Arms: 33 7/8 in
  • Hands: 9 3/4 in
  • 40: 5.42 seconds
  • Bench: 23 reps
  • Vertical: 24″
  • Broad Jump: 85″

Pros:

Dozier is a powerful human being, plain and simple.  He’s a massive athlete who generates a lot of power and stability from his upper body and plays with adequate balance.  Pulls and swings very well on certain running plays.  Quick enough acceleration-wise to consistently get to the second level and deliver.  He’s a mauler when he can get the first punch on a guy.

Cons:  

Not consistent with his pad level or bending of the waist on his step-back (or lack thereof).  Supposedly lacks a consistent motor and doesn’t generate much drive from his lower body at the point of attack.  Ran a terribly slow forty, though his ten yard split made up for it a bit.  Otherwise, his overall Combine performance was one of the more disappointing ones.  Value that however you feel it matters.

Conclusion:  

I love this pick a lot.  Yes, love.  I don’t really do much offensive lineman scouting in my evaluations but I’ve been around the online community enough to have heard plenty of great things about Dozier, and he was widely regarded as a high third round pick.  His Combine may have dropped him significantly in the eyes of NFL scouts, but he plays with a lot of power, nastiness, and brute force that Rex Ryan is obviously drawn to on the offensive side of the ball up front.  Dozier fills a pressing need for the Jets with the depth on the interior of the line, and he’s expendable enough to play guard or tackle (though his size will definitely slide him inside primarily).

Pro Comparison:  A very poor man’s Larry Warford.

3 thoughts on “New York Jets Select- Dakota Dozier, OG/OT, Furman

  1. Nice 4th round selection. Can be groomed behind Colon and compete with Campbell for RG next season.

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