Prospect: Everett Dawkins, DT, Florida StateEverett Dawkins

Height: 6’2⅛”

Weight: 292 lb.

Athleticism:

  • Adequate speed in pursuit, can make plays on the edge
  • Explosive first step off the snap to shoot into contact or through gaps
  • Has balance issues related to getting his pads too low and leaning too far forward on contact, ends up on the ground too often
  • Lean frame for an interior defensive lineman coupled with a lack of strength in the lower half to match that of bigger blockers

Intelligence/Effort:

  • High energy player to the point of playing out of control occasionally
  • Questionable football IQ, struggles to hold gap discipline and has inconsistencies in ball awareness
  • Successful in the classroom, graduated in 3.5 years

Pass Rush:

  • Impressive speed rusher with ability to get around blockers with a quick lateral step and can bend with plus hip flexibility
  • Effective on stunts with speed moving forward and quickness to work laterally first
  • Gives a strong first punch to pass blockers and can work combo moves off it
  • Has a developed repertoire including a quick and effective spin and a swim move
  • Relentless rusher who gets more pressure on quarterbacks than the statistics indicate
  • High discipline while rushing to keep mobile quarterbacks in the pocket and not leave running lanes

Run Support:

  • Liability in the running game between the tackles, lack of strength the biggest factor
  • Unable to anchor and get blockers stood up at the point of attack, often overpowered and driven off the ball
  • Inhibited by short arms when trying to create space and disengage from blockers, gets locked up far too often
  • Has quick first step to shoot gaps and be disruptive in the backfield, doesn’t show up in games often enough however

Technique:

  • Has strong hands and active feet to pick his way through traffic
  • Consistently plays with low pad level, gets underneath the pads of blockers
  • Plays with a low center of gravity which aids lateral movement

Overall:

Everett Dawkins may be one of the most overlooked players on the Florida State defense and it’s not tough to imagine why.  When you play next to the likes of Bjoern Werner, Tank Carradine, Brandon Jenkins, and Tim Jernigan, you’re likely to be forgotten.  While Dawkins doesn’t possess the size and strength to be an every down defensive tackle in the NFL, his pass rushing skills should intrigue teams.  He was a very disruptive force from the inside on passing downs for the Seminoles.  He may be able to do that on day one against NFL pass blockers.  He’s a creative rusher who has developed a variety of moves.  His athleticism and flexibility pay dividends as well.  Dawkins has a notable injury history, including a season ending injury as a freshman and a thumb injury that required surgery as a sophomore (though he didn’t miss a game).  The question is where does a pass rushing specialist fit in the draft.  Ultimately, Dawkins makes sense in the late rounds because he’s simply a situational player at this stage in his career.

Originally published at DetroitLionsDraft.com: Everett Dawkins Scouting Report