Scouting Report: Duke Dawson, CB, Florida

By Kelby Goodman

Number: 7 | Hometown: Cross City, FL | Height: 5105 | Weight: 197 | Forty: 4.46 | Bench: 15 | Shuttle: 4.33 | L-Drill: 7.02 | Year: Senior | Class: 2018

SCOUTING REPORT

The All-SEC defensive back put on a showcase his senior year leading the Gators with four interceptions, nine passes defended and allowing under 40% completion. Dawson has great quick-twitch athleticism and can break on the ball in a moment’s notice. Does a good job reading the quarterback’s eyes and using instincts to help break on the ball. He has shown to be a great leader and communicator on the Florida defense and is often seen talking pre-snap. Dawson’s good change of direction and loose hips could make him a productive slot corner in the NFL. His lack of physicality at the line will also be better suited in the slot. He often relies on mirroring the receiver’s movement instead of directing them where he wants them to go. Dawson’s lack of physicality is disappointing given his stout frame for a corner. He tends to bite on double moves and can get handsy at times which will haunt him even more in the penalty happy NFL. Struggled to stay with LSU speedster DJ Chark. With his mixture of size, slot coverage ability and willingness to tackle Dawson could make for a quality hybrid safety/cornerback at the next level. Will likely be off the board no later than the early fourth round.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Ended his career with 48 games played, six interceptions, three INT returns for touchdowns, 23 pass breakups and 82 total tackles…

2017: Played and started in all 11 games… Totaled 34 tackles, four interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), nine pass break-ups and two tackles-for-loss… Notched that interception returned for a touchdown against Michigan… His four interceptions tied CJ Henderson for the team lead and it ranked 29th in the nation and third in the SEC… Dawson and Henderson recorded back-to-back INT return touchdowns in consecutive series against Michigan… They became the first CB tandem to accomplish that feat since Teez Tabor and Quincy Wilson did so against Missouri in 2016… Earned Honorable Mention All-American honors by SB Nation… Garnered First Team All-SEC honors by the league’s Coaches and Second Team All-SEC accolades by the AP and Phil Steele…

2016: Played 12 games played and started seven throughout the season… Missed the SEC Championship Game due to injury… Was Florida’s nickel cornerback throughout the season where he recorded one interception (returned for a touchdown) and a team-high seven pass breakups… Notched that interception returned for a touchdown at Arkansas… Also totaled 24 tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss and one forced fumble on the season… Notched that forced fumble against UMASS in Florida’s season opener… Named Second Team All-SEC by Pro Football Focus…

2015: Played in all 14 games… Totaled 10 tackles on the season and recorded a forced fumble against East Carolina…

2014: Played in 11 games and made one start at safety…Totaled 14 tackles and had one interception… Led the team in tackles against Vanderbilt with six… Had four tackles at Tennessee in his first career start… Intercepted his first career pass in the season opener against Eastern Michigan and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown.

CAREER STATS

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