School: Texas Christian
Combine measurements: 6-foot-0, 235 pounds
Combine stats: 40: 4.93 seconds. Bench: 21 reps. Vertical: 28 inches. Broad jump: 9 feet, 1 inch. 20-yard shuttle: 4.49 seconds.
Career stats: 38 games, 18 starts, 241 tackles. (136 solo, 31 for loss), 6.5 sacks, 5 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles.
Draft projection: Second-third round.
Lowdown: Dawson started his college career as a wide receiver, but eventually switched over to defense. It proved to be a good decision as he won the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year award and was a first-team All-American in 2014. … Compares to Tampa Bay star Lavonte David in that they were both a bit undersized coming out of college – a trait that can be overcome in the pass-happy NFL with good coverage skills, which both possess. … Has significant character question marks, mostly surrounding how well he can fit into a professional locker room.
They said it: “Is he a knucklehead? Was he late? I think that’s his personality. Do I think he’s a bad person? No. Do I think he’s a good player? Yes. Do I think he’ll lose a lot of money in the NFL in fines if he doesn’t change a couple of those ways? Yes.” – TCU coach Gary Patterson.
– Jay Skurski
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