Dawuane has a lot of hidden talent. He has the size, length and overall athletic
talent to play more than one position on your defensive line. He shows excellent
effort on every play and never stops until he hears the whistle. Dawuane shows
the foot speed and agility to rush the passer and should be an excellent
defensive lineman playing in a 2 gap system or a gap system. Dawuane because of
his classic size and length should be able to play defensive end in a 4/3
defense and that means not every team in the NFL will think Dawuane is a fit for
their defense unless he shows them differently at the combine.
Dawuane has the classic size and length and shows excellent effort but he is
very far behind in the techniques and truthfully I have to wonder why. He
struggles to disengage from blockers on every down and distance. It doesnít
matter if he is rushing the passer or playing the run Dawuane seems to struggle
getting off blocks. All of his success at the college level is because of his
effort and athletic talent so the thought of him learning better techniques is
exciting. Because of his struggles to get off blocks he tries to guess and gets
out of position to make tackles and loses gap control. Dawuane also has to
improve reading blocks and identify were the ball is. He is trying so hard to
get rid of his block that his head is down and his arms are tied up and he
misses making a lot of plays because of this.
If youíre going to select Dawuane be ready for him to take some time to develop.
I donít know how fast you can get him on the field even as a rotation lineman
because he struggles getting off blocks so much and you have wonder if he truly
has ever had the correct coaching? It looks to me like Dawuane has taken all of
his techniques from other players with different talents than he has. Itís the
sign of coaching trying to fit the player to a system rather than coaching
techniques to fit a playerís talent. I like his effort on every play and that
tells me that Dawuane has excellent potential and upside to improve and play
more consistently and better than he did in college.