Dion Dawkins, OT, Temple
I know many are saying that this Offensive Line class is one of the worst in recent history. While it definitely is not a great class that doesn’t mean that there are not players worth taking at the position. One of my personal favorites is that of Dion Dawkins.
Dawkins is a 6’5” 315 lb. Left Tackle for the Temple Owls. He has actually had starts at Left Tackle since his true freshman season. The last three seasons he has started almost every single game protecting the blind side and opening some major holes in the run game.
He has actually climbed my big board more since we got the new coaching staff in place. McCoy is known for wanting to run a lot of power blocking and well there are few better at what would be asked of them than Dawkins in this area.
He has some great strengths to be able to make an immediate impact for the Broncos. In the run game, he looks to finish people. There were some run plays that I saw him pushing guys 5-10 yards down the field and not stopping until the echo of the whistle. We haven’t had that on this team since Orlando Franklin walked out the door.
On top of some powerful run blocking he is very quick on his feet to hold up in the pass game. There are lapses every once in a while, in his technique where he can bend from his waste and get knocked off balance. He has improved over the years though showing that he is teachable and still has some room to grow.