Dawson Deaton

Dawson Deaton

Measurements
  • Height
    6054
  • Hand
    9 5/8
  • VJ
    29
  • Weight
    306lbs
  • Arm
    32 7/8
  • Speed
    5.12
OC Combine Averages
  • Height
    6035
  • Hand
    9 3/4
  • VJ
    -
  • Weight
    305lbs
  • Arm
    32 1/2
  • Speed
    5.22
Nathan Pratt - Scout
Dawson Deaton
  • Overall Rank
    218
  • Position
    OC
  • Age
    23.1 Years
  • Team
    TEXAS TECH

Stats

Year Starts Games Sacks Allowed Hits Allowed Pressures Knockdowns
2018 2 12 3 1 9
2019 12 12 0 1 14
2020 12 12 0 2 8
2021 11 11 1 2 5

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Above the line Height with adequate weight. Skinny long legs with a high cut waist. Missed only 2 games in his 3-year career, both injuries were undisclosed but both were in 2021 and resulted in him missing the games against West Virginia and Kansas. Played 694/857 Offensive snaps in 2021.

  • Size
    6
  • Length
    5
  • Frame/Durability
    6
Grade 5.7

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Effort is adequate as he is seen getting downfield to block defenders. Looks for work in pass protection but misses rushers who are beating his other OL far too often in pass protection allowing the QB to get pressured. He does provide adequate help to the OL he chooses to help.

  • Toughness
    5
  • Instincts
    4
  • Effort/Motor
    6
Grade 5.0

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Deaton is an explosive athlete who uses his quick first step and adequate short area quickness to get on defenders quickly when needed he also was seen using his adequate straight-line speed to get out in space on screens as well. With his adequate bend and strength, he creates solid push at the line although his pad level is inconsistent, he does show he can get low more often than not. When in space he does struggle changing direction with the defender he is trying to block. Deaton also showed adequate body control as he rarely would be seen lunging to block defenders or over reaching and losing balance while also maintaining a low center of gravity to maintain his balance on contact.

  • Explosiveness
    7
  • Speed
    6
  • Body Control
    5
  • Flexibility/Bend
    6
  • Change of Direction
    5
  • Play Strength
    6
Grade 5.8

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Pass Block - Has quick hands to snap and get onto the rusher if one is lined up at the 0-Tech if not he moves to assist his other OL in pass pro. Shows good hand placement by keeping his hands inside the shoulders of the rusher and resetting them when they get knocked off while also keeping the defenders hands off his chest. Pass sets with a wide base which allows him to mirror and shuffle with a rusher. Feet were constantly moving on contact rarely would get complacent and stop his feet also demonstrated smooth quick feet that could mirror defenders who attempted to get around him. His awareness in Pass protection does need work as he was seen missing rushers threatening the A gap integrity. When bull rushed, he struggled sinking his hips and absorbing the contact, far too often the defender would get leverage and drive him back collapsing the pocket. Run Block - Due to his athletic ability he would show his ability to reach the outside shoulder of a 3-Tech on reach blocks as well as being able to get onto defenders quickly in space. When latched onto a defender his adequate grip strength and leg drive allowed him to move defenders out of gaps or seal defenders off though his pad level was inconsistent and in the NFL he will not be able to get away with using his upper body strength to overwhelm defenders and he will struggle in the run game until he can find consistency with his pad level. When combo blocking, he would ensure the first line defender was handled and then would proceed to the second level attacking LBs quickly. Although he was big and strong enough, he lacked a nasty streak and would rarely finish defenders. In the screen game he was seen quickly getting out and getting onto defenders to block downfield for his teammates although he was quick to get out in space due to his limited change of direction he would struggle making good blocks for his teammates often getting a small piece of the defender or missing entirely.

  • Pass Block
    6
  • Run Block
    5
  • Strike
    6
  • Second Level
    5
  • Pulling/Space Play
    6
  • Anchor
    5
  • Footwork
    7
  • Play Temperament
    5
Grade 5.6

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Deaton finishes his career at Texas Tech as a two time All Big 12 second team selection (2020, 2021) and three-time First Team Academic All Big 12 Honoree while also starting 37/47 games he played in. Deaton is a day 3 pick that only has experience at Center but would fit for an NFL team that prefers athletic offensive linemen who can get out into space quickly. He would fit for a team that prefers using Outside zone schemes as well as heavy screen teams that allow him to use his above the line athleticism. Will struggle vs NFL strength and power at first and should not be asked to be a day 1 starter but down the line he may develop into a strong backup/average starter who can provide quality depth for the NFL team that drafts him.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • vs FIU
  • Jan - 01 - 1970
  • 0 Pressures allowed, Created movement and sealed blocks in the run game
  • iconWorst Game
  • vs Oklahoma State
  • Jan - 01 - 1970
  • Could not seal blocks and consistently beaten in run game struggled holding ground in pass pro
Best Trait
Athleticism, Feet in Pass Protection
Pro Comparison
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