Scouting Report: Garret Dooley, LB, Wisconsin

By Kelby Goodman, Special Contributor To NFL Draft Bible | (Pic: WIBA FM)

Number: #5 | Hometown: Rochester, IL | Height: 6017 | Weight: 248 | Arm: 3258 | Hand: 1038 | Class: 2018


His final season was his best, showcasing his strength to knock blockers off balance on his way into the backfield. It was his physicality that helped him tally seven and a half sacks and 12 tackles for loss this past year. At the collegiate level, his athleticism is considered limited, as he struggled to use speed around the edge, which would sometimes lead him to take angles that brought him out of the play. He needs to diversify his pass-rush moves—his best move is faking up field, then going inside and using his strength to get the blocker off balance.  He was asked to drop back in coverage but when tasked with bringing down a ball carrier in the open field, it often proved difficult. His best position in the NFL may be at inside backer, as he has more “thumper” qualities than edge rushing talent. Being a Wisconsin Badger outside linebacker has been a fruitful duty since switching to the 3-4 scheme back in 2013. You have the likes of Browns’ fourth round pick Joe Schobert, Steelers’ first round pick TJ Watt and Packers’ fourth round pick Vince Biegel all drafted within the last three years. Unfortunately, Dooley is not quite as high profile as the aforementioned Badgers’ alumni and will be fortunate just to be selected this April. He possesses great size and physicality, which should help him push for a roster stop at the next level or at the very minimum a strong practice squad player.


Honors and Awards
Second-Team All-Big Ten

Career: Played in 39 games with 16 starts … recorded 84 tackles, including 43 solo stops, 18.5 tackles for loss and 11.0 sacks …  part of winningest senior class in school history, posting four-year record of 45-10 that included 29-5 mark in Big Ten play and 11-1 record in rivalry games … part of four consecutive bowl game wins, four straight seasons of 10-plus wins and three Big Ten West Division titles …  contributor to one of the of nation’s elite units, with UW ranking No. 2 nationally in scoring defense (16.0 ppg), No. 2 in rushing defense (104.8 ypg), No. 2 in pass efficiency defense (103.9) and No. 3 in total defense (281.7 ypg) over the span of his four-year career … earned bachelor’s degree in personal finance in May 2017

2017 Season: Played in 14 games, starting all 14 … claimed 41 tackles, including 19 solo tackles, 12.0 TFL and 7.5 sacks … shared Jimmy Demetral Team MVP award with fellow senior teammates … contributed to unit that ranked No. 2 nationally in total defense (262.1 yards per game), No. 3 in scoring defense (13.9 points per game), No. 3 in rushing defense (98.4 ypg) and No. 1 in pass efficiency defense (96.4) … notched 3 tackles and 1.0 TFL vs. Ohio State on Dec. 2 in the Big Ten Championship game … had 1 tackle vs. Miami in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30 … recorded 5 tackles, including 3 solo stops and 1.0 sack vs. Illinois on Oct. 28 … had 2 tackles vs. Iowa on Nov. 13 … recorded 4 unassisted tackles and broke up 1 pass … notched 2 tackles at Indiana on Nov. 4 … made 2 tackles, including 0.5 TFL vs. Minnesota on Nov. 25 … had 3 unassisted tackles vs. Maryland on Oct. 21 … claimed 3 tackles, including 1.0 sack vs. Purdue on Oct. 14 … notched 8 tackles, including 4.5 TFL and 3.0 sacks to open Big Ten play vs. Northwestern … had 2 tackles, one unassisted, at BYU on Sept. 16 … facing Fla. Atlantic on Sept. 9, recorded 4 tackles, including 4 solo tackles, 2.0 TFL and 1.0 sack … made 2 tackles against Utah State, including 0.5 TFL … had 1 tackle at Nebraska on Oct. 7

2016 Season: Earned second letter, playing in all 14 games, including two starts … made a tackle vs. LSU on Sept. 3 … logged 1 solo tackle vs. Akron on Sept. 10 … recorded a solo tackle vs. Georgia State on Sept. 17 … made 3 tackles at Michigan State on Sept. 24 … garnered 7 tackles, including 5 solo tackles and 1.0 sack, at Michigan on Oct. 1 … logged 4 solo tackles vs. Ohio State on Oct. 15 … recorded 7 tackles, including a career-high 2.5 tackles for loss, at Iowa on Oct. 22 … made a career-high 7 tackles, including 1.0 sack, vs. Nebraska on Oct. 29 … recorded 2 solo tackles, including 1.0 TFL, at Northwestern on Nov. 5 … logged 2 tackles vs. Illinois on Nov. 12 … garnered 2 tackles, including 0.5 sack at Purdue on Nov. 19 … recorded 0.5 sack vs. Minnesota on Nov. 26 … logged 1 solo tackle vs. Penn State in the Big Ten Championship Game on Dec. 3 … made 1 solo tackle vs. Western Michigan in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

2015 Season: Earned first letter, playing in 11 games … recorded three tackles … logged career-high two tackles vs. Rutgers on Oct. 31 … also made a tackle vs. Iowa on Oct. 3

2014 Season: Did not play

2013 Season: Redshirt season

High School: Four-star recruit according to ESPN … rated three stars by Rivals and Scout … rated as the No. 18 inside linebacker according to ESPN, No. 22 by Scouts and No. 25 by Rivals … ranked as the No. 11 recruit in the state of Illinois by ESPN, No. 17 by Rivals … made 132 tackles, including 18.0 for loss and 14.5 sacks, at middle linebacker … on offense, ran for 1,456 yards and 32 touchdowns, adding 34 catches for 474 yards and five more touchdowns as a senior … Class 4A first-team all-state, ILB Lemming Award Recipient, Chicago Tribune All-State selection … first-team all-conference and Central State Eight Conference Player of the Year as a senior … as a junior, recorded 1,209 rushing yards, 598 receiving yards and 31 total touchdowns to go along with 146 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, six sacks … all-state honorable mention, first-team all-conference as a junior … two-time academic all-state pick … six-time academic all-conference selection between football and baseball … Spanish National Honor Society … head coach was Derek Leonard

Personal: Parents are Barbie and Greg Dooley … cousin, Buck Casson, played football at Rice University (2003-06) … cousin, Adam Casson, plays baseball at Parkland College (2011-present) … volunteered with the Big Buddy program, Homes for Troops and Community Service Sundays … enjoys golfing and playing the guitar … majoring in personal finance

Game-by-Game Tackles (Solo-Assist=Total)
2015 SEASON:
 vs. Iowa (0-1=1); Rutgers (0-2=2)

2016 SEASON: vs. #5 LSU (0-1=1); Akron (1-0=1); Georgia State (1-0=1); at #8 Michigan State (1-2=3); at #4 Michigan (5-2=7); #2 Ohio State (4-0=4); at Iowa (4-3=7); #7 Nebraska (4-3=7); at Northwestern (2-0=2); Illinois (0-2=2); at Purdue (1-1=2); Minnesota (0-1=1); vs. #8 Penn State (1-0=1); vs. #12 Western Michigan (1-0=1)