Report Prepared By Lance Zierlein
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:25 Oversets badly but is able to regroup
:33 Short, choppy settle steps and explodes into target
1:15 Well-timed, controlled gallop up to cutoff block
2:16 Gets his block but needs to keep working with feet to improve position
2:44 Shows excellent initial foot quickness but loses timing in changing blocks
3:21 Uses power to redirect penetration into the ground
6:27 Slow to get into kick slide to cut off edge speed
7:27 Oversets, bends and completely loses balance
8:21 Another overset and doesn't use feet to change directions back inside.
9:19 Shuffles under control to the MIKE and engages
Dakota Dozier has the size, power and confidence to play at an FBS school, but instead, excelled at Furman where he was a 1st team FCS All-American at left tackle. Dozier started 44 games for Furman at tackle, but he is best-suited to move inside to guard on the next level.
Dozier is well-proportioned with good lower body girth and generates power thanks to his ability to bend and play with a good pad level in the running game. One of the biggest issues I have with tackles is their inability to play under control when climbing to the 2nd level, but Dozier seems to be able to accelerate and gear down in order to catch his 2nd level blocks in his strike zone.
At tackle, Dozier was good, not great, at working to get outside on scoop blocks for outside zone plays, but as a guard, his athleticism will be a plus when combined with his natural strength. Due to the level of competition he has faced, Dozier is used to making securing the block upon contact, but on the next level he has to do a better job of continuing to move his feet through contact in order to maintain his positioning.
Dozier has good length and foot quickness, but his pass protection technique needs work as he frequently oversets against speed and loses balance when asked to change direction because he gets his weight way too far forward. I understand that he won't face the exact same issues when he kicks inside to guard (and I think he really needs to), but he has to trust his ability to redirect and remain patient while keeping his weight back. I really like Dozier's NFL potential, but I do think there will be a learning curve for him as he works his technique issues out.