After a poor combine showing, Paul Dawson reiterated that he’s a football player.
Each draft season, prospects see their draft stocks plummet and increase because of the combine. While the combine has many great drills that help in the draft process, the fact of the matter is that it’s an event that doesn’t entirely show off football skills. One player that performed below expectations at the combine was TCU’s linebacker Paul Dawson.
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At the combine, Dawson turned in a below-average 40-yard dash, a bad vertical jump, and a below-expectation broad jump. Even though Dawson was an excellent player at TCU and he has a unique skillset to play either inside linebacker or outside linebacker in the NFL, Dawson’s draft stock likely took a hit with his bad combine performance. Despite that, Dawson reiterated on his Twitter that he is a football player not a track star, which therefore sends the message that the combine does a horrible job at portraying prospects and their draft stock.
Granted he’s a bit undersized at 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, Dawson is an unbelievable athlete, despite his poor combine showing. With great burst and the ability to cover ground from sideline-to-sideline, NFL teams are going to love Dawson and his motor. In terms of instincts and tackling ability, Dawson always finds his way to be around the ball at the end of plays.
Even though Dawson did not perform up to his ability at the combine, that doesn’t mean teams will discount his game tape and what he did at TCU. The thought of the combine means nothing grows every year and it reached an all-time high with Dawson’s tweet. Football is a completely different animal than the combine and even though the combine helps prospects in some ways, Dawson turned out to be affected by the combine. Despite that, he made it clear what he thinks of the combine. Granted, Dawson will have the opportunity to improve his numbers at TCU’s pro day.
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