Dillon Radunz, OT
School: North Dakota State | Conference: Missouri Valley Conference (FCS)
College Experience: RS Senior | Age: 23(?)
Height / Weight: 6’5.5” / 304 lbs
Projected Draft Status: Rounds 2-3
Dillon Radunz was originally recruited out of high school to play defensive end, but was converted to tackle when his coach recognized his high potential as a blocker. Radunz sat out his first year as a redshirt and went down with a season-ending ACL injury in the first game of his second season.
In 2018, Radunz started all 15 games at left tackle and ended the season named to the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference second team. That season, ND State had the top rushing attack in the MVFC. Radunz took the leap into elite play in 2019, starting all 16 games for the Bison and was eventually named a consensus first team All-American by the Associated Press. He graduated in December 2020 with a degree in industrial engineering.
Because the Bison’s 2020 fall season was postponed until the spring of 2021 (where Radunz won’t be playing), his best opportunity to showcase his talents was the Senior Bowl. Radunz impressed enough that he was named the “Overall Practice Player-of-the-Week.” For context, previous winners of the award include Shaq Griffin (2018), Chuma Edoga (2019), Justin Herbert (2020).
Congratulations to North Dakota State OL Dillon Radunz on being named the “Overall Practice Player-of-the-Week” at the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl. Last year’s winner was LA Chargers QB and NFL Rookie-Of-Year Justin Herbert. #TheDraftStartsInMobile pic.twitter.com/gqUdJCaHxb— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) January 30, 2021
- Has versatility on the line. Can also play guard.
- Great run blocker.
- Has good leverage as a pass blocker.
- Played very well in the Senior Bowl.
- Well suited to a zone blocking scheme.
- Lower level competition (FCS).
- Needs to be nastier as a pass blocker.
- Probably a bit underweight as an NFL tackle.
- Needs to add strength.
Let’s See His Work
How He Would Fit
Dillon Radunz could be a perfect left tackle project for Washington. He’s likely not a day 1 starter, but a year sitting behind Cornelius Lucas could give him the time to add the bulk and strength necessary to succeed in the NFL. The possibility that he could he around in the third round of the draft potentially gives the team the opportunity to focus its first and second round assets elsewhere.
His capacity to potentially move inside if things don’t work out at tackle is an added bonus, where he could provide the positional flexibility that is so important to Coach Rivera and his staff.
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