Read which NFL mock draft has Temple Owl offensive tackle, Dion Dawkins, going in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft.
College: Temple #66
Position: Offensive Tackle
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- 2015: Second team All-American Athletic Conference.
- 2016: First team All-American Athletic Conference.
- Could play guard or tackle in the NFL.
- Played offensive tackle and defensive tackle in high school.
- Played a transition year at Hargrave Military Academy in 2012 between high school and Temple.
- Started two games his freshman season at Temple until a foot injury ended his season.
- Doesn’t appear to be a trend item, but he and fellow Temple Owl, and 2017 NFL draft prospect Haason Reddick, warranted some unwanted attention in 2015. There were no previous events and none since. This seems to be a footnote.
NFL Draft Board Breakdown
Dion Dawkins appeared on the NFL Draft Board recently when Rob Rang, of CBS, added him to the first round of his latest NFL mock draft. Rang has Dawkins going to the Atlanta Falcons in the 2017 NFL draft with pick number 31.
The Atlanta Falcons
Taking a look at the Atlanta Falcons offensive line, there is a chance they might draft a lineman in the first round, if not, the second or third. First of all, Atlanta likes first round draft choices protecting their first round quarterback, Matt Ryan. The Falcons put four first round draft choice linemen in front of Matt Ryan.
Jake Matthews becomes a free agent in 2018. Tom Compton, the backup tackle, “hasn’t been able to block his whole career.” Chris Chester is 34 and the football equivalent of AARP has been sending him flyers in the mail. “Atlanta desperately needs to upgrade the right guard position.”
The USA Today has Dion Dawkins as the fourth option to replace Chris Chester.
Although, Fox Sports says the Broncos should look at Dion Dawkins also.
Dion Dawkins Draft Projection
The Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, and maybe a couple other teams will most likely pass on Dion Dawkins on day one. Towards the end of the second round each of the teams will start eyeing each other to see if they’ve waited too long to get Dion Dawkins.
Dawkins potential to play either guard or tackle could nudge him up the NFL Draft Board.
And, it is possible that Rob Rang is correct. And, a team, like Atlanta, reaches for Dion Dawkins and takes Dawkins in the first round because of his versatility.