According to 9NEWS Denver's Mike Klis, the Denver Broncos met with former Temple offensive lineman Dion Dawkins.
Broncos visited with Temple OL Dion Dawkins, per Philly-based source. Dawkins is h-u-u-ge at 6-5, 324. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) April 13, 2017
Dawkins is listed at 6'4", 314lbs and is considered one of the better interior prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft. While he played left tackle at Temple, he will likely make the transition from tackle to guard in the NFL. He does have the arm length you look for at offensive tackle(35") but projects better at guard than tackle according to most talent evaluators.
The Broncos likely brought him in to see what he is exactly. He has the feet and arm length to play outside, but can he do it well enough to be a reliable blindside protector for the Broncos quarterbacks? That's the big question.
Dawkins is a physical lineman in the run game and has that mean streak the Broncos are apparently looking for in their trench players under this new coaching staff.
I personally think he will be a much better guard than tackle in the NFL and could be a very good power run blocker from day one on an NFL roster. I am not sure the Broncos are really looking for more guards after signing former Dallas Cowboys guard Ronald Leary, and still have former draft picks Max Garcia, Michael Schofield, and Connor McGovern all battling for a roster spot already.
Dawkins joins Alabama's Cam Robinson, USC's Chad Wheeler, and UCLA's Connor McDermott has offensive lineman prospects who have recently met and/or worked out with the Broncos. I would expect this trend continue as we get closer to the 2017 NFL Draft.
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