Dante Fowler, Jr.
Outside Linebacker/Defensive End
Weight: 261 lbs.
Strengths: Versatility. He's lined up everywhere in Florida's defensive front and should be able to play 3-4 OLB and/or 4-3 DE along with some 3-4 DE and/or 4-3 DT in select situations. He has the ability to rush the passer standing up or with his hand in the dirt and has also shown some ability to drop into coverage... even after starting a play in a three-point stance. Though versatility is a major strength, most agree he's best suited as a 3-4 OLB at the next level.
Aggressive and explosive. Strong hands and legs. He also has light/quick feet and is very athletic. His frame is strong and compact which makes his fluid athleticism somewhat surprising. Plays with a lot of energy and is very quick and athletic.
Weaknesses: Must get stronger and work on recognition/awareness. Occasionally plays too aggressive and misses the ball-carrier in the backfield.
Bottom Line: Plays a lot like Terrell Suggs. Almost identical height and weight and both lack ideal length. Still, both are very passionate and productive. Certainly has the upside of a Suggs.
First started at Florida in 2013 and earned second-team all-conference honors after recording 50 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, and 3 FF.
Struggles a bit against the run but has rare versatility and pass rushing skills. One of the better pass rushers in this draft class.
Projected Round: 1