Continuing my ongoing series of scouting reports I am moving on to another offensive guard prospect. I received numerous emails asking me to do a report on Dakota Dozier who was a Consensus All-American out of Furman. The word is, there wasn’t much film available on him. That is correct: one You Tube against Clemson. That being said, I started there before moving on to the coaches tape. The You Tube in itself was very telling.
Height | Weight: 6-4 312
40 time: 5.20
Grade: 59 | Round: 6-7
Official Furman team Bio
2012 Ã¢â‚¬â€ Coaches first team preseason All-SoCon squad selection. 2011 Ã¢â‚¬â€ Earned consensus second team All-SoCon honors in balloting by coaches and league media after earning starts in all 11 games at left tackle…outstanding play helped pave the way for All-SoCon running back Jerodis Williams, who rushed for 1,055 yards and nine touchdowns to become the first Paladin 1,000-yard rusher since 2003…graded out a season high 92 percent (nine pancake blocks) versus FCS third-ranked Appalachian State (20-10 win), 89 percent versus Elon, and 84 percent (eight pancake blocks) against fifth-ranked Wofford (26-21 win)…registered 664 play participations. 2010 Ã¢â‚¬â€Fashioned a superb first season of play as a redshirt freshman, earning starts at left tackle in 10 of 11 games…did not start versus Wofford after suffering a sprained ankle against The Citadel (31-14 win) the week before…start against Colgate (45-15 win) in season opener was the first by a Paladin freshman offensive lineman since Ben Hall (OG) versus Clemson in 1996…logged 606 snaps on the season…joined defensive end Shawn Boone and placekicker Ray Early in being named to the SoCon All-Freshman Team in balloting by league head coaches. 2009 Ã¢â‚¬â€ Awarded redshirt and extra year of eligibility.
High School: 2009 graduate of Brookland-Cayce (3A) High School…football coach was Abby Bray…played offensive tackle, defensive tackle, and defensive end…earned all-region, all-area, and High School Sports Report All-State honors in 2008…was Brookland-CayceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first Shrine Bowl selection in 20 years…served as team captain and was named team MVP…senior year statistics included 78 knockdowns and 40 pancake blocks…registered 32 tackles on defense…claimed a region individual wrestling championship his senior year…Mydris Walker Scholar.
Personal: Full name is Dakota Duran Dozier…son of Ginny Watts…born April 30, 1991, in West Columbia, South Carolina…has a sister Leandra…plays the cello…undeclared major.
When I saw Dakota Dozier listed as high as the 5th ranked guard in the draft, I almost choked on my coffee. To have him right behind Gabe Jackson is blasphemy because he isn’t even in the same zip code. My “Guy No One Is Talking About”, Trai Turner from LSU, despite less starting experience, is more NFL ready because he was up against much better competition in the SEC and still played better.
Let’s face it, Dakota Dozier looked the part in the SoCon, but Furman didn’t play anyone really relevant. In fact, he didn’t face a single top ranked defensive tackle: not even in the East West Shrine Game where he was against #94 Zachariah Kerr from Delaware and #56 Garrison Smith from Georgia. Here is the Amusing part: CBS had Dakota Dozier as the 5th ranked guard, and the two a fore mentioned defensive tackles projected 7th round to undrafted. Laughable at best: they abused him.
- Dakota Dozier “LOOKS” the part. He has good length and build. Carries his weight well, with adequate development room in the upper and lower body. Lots of starting experience.
- The first thing I noticed about Dakota Dozier playing Left Tackle against Clemson was slow feet, poor lateral agility and an inability to get to the edge quick enough to mirror his opponent. This resulted in poor hand placement and containment. He had no answer for the speed rush. His left hand would be on or near the shoulder and his right hand would be on his back or the opponent blew right by him. This will result in a lot of sacks and/or holding penalties at the next level. Dakota Dozier gets off of the snap fairly well and when he wins that battle and gets proper hand placement he is a good drive blocker. His technique needs improvement.
- Despite decent straight line speed for a big guy, Dakota Dozier doesn’t have the quickness to play well in space or get to the edge which explains most projecting him as a guard at the next level. He has strong legs and keeps them churning when engaged which is his best asset. He appears to be a smart player and understands his assignments.
- The West team lined him up at left guard. Dakota Dozier looked good when run blocking. He had a nice first punch and did a decent job carrying his man away from the play. He had the speed to get to the next level and pick up his man. He showed keen awareness and seems to have a high football IQ.
- Dakota Dozier struggled the most in pass protect. He didn’t have an answer when the more athletic Kerr shot the gap to his inside shoulder. He couldn’t find an answer for that on the left side either. Kerr would either get by him, cause him to over-extend and get poor hand placement, or when he did get in front of him, Kerr would put a spin move on him and go back the other way. It was ugly to watch.
- When Kerr came at him with a bull rush it looked like he was on skates and got driven all the way back to the QB. He was playing too high, his back was arched back because of his lack of upper body strengthÃ‚Â and he just couldn’t anchor well as a whole. There were times when the QB had to step to his right and Dakota Dozier got pushed right past him. On one play they ran a stunt to his outsideÃ‚Â and he not only completely missed the block, he fell face first on to the turf trying to lunge at him.
When I look at Dakota Dozier I see a project who has lead feet. He is not a good fit for a Zone Blocking Scheme because of his slow feet/lack of lateral quickness, and he lacks the strength for a power blocking scheme. He flashes the ability to develop in to a starter, but he doesn’t have the quick twitch and power I look for in the trenches. He will need to improve his footwork dramatically, learn to sit down on his blocks and/or anchor better,Ã‚Â improve his hand placement, and get a whole lot stronger before he tries to block the Suh’s of the league. He reminds me of a David Arkin to be honest. There is a big jump in the competition between the SoCon and the NFL. I wish him well. With proper coaching and hard work, he may have a future at the next level.