DRAFT BREAKDOWN: Dante Fowler Jr.

Dante Fowler Jr., Defensive End, Florida

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Strengths: 

  • Versatile. Can play DT, both DE positions and OLB.
  • Unbelievable motor.
  • Exceptional athlete and seems to glide while running down opposing players.
  • Good, not great off the snap.
  • Disrupts plays on a consistent basis
  • Swim move and rips are above average.
  • Flexibility to dip below the pad level of OL
  • Has the ability to chase down RBs
  • Violent at the point of attack.

Weaknesses: 

  • Doesn’t seem to always be “game ready”. A lot of cramps.
  • Still needs to add strength.
  • Improve tackling.
  • Gets locked up with OL during a run.
  • Gets lost when plays are ran in his direction.
  • Sometimes over pursues and forgets his assignment.

Pro comparison: Demarcus Ware. Fowler has the ability to be an elite pass rusher in the NFL with his unique motor and ability to play multiple positions. Fowler played well against a good, revamped Florida State offensive line in the regular season finale but sometimes disappeared in the running game when he didn’t blitz up the middle. His ability to run down defenders is what makes him special but at the same time, he needs to understand his assignments in today’s NFL game.

Grade: First Round

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