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Dante Fowler | Defensive Lineman

Team: Florida Gators
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 277

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An anonymous NFL scout told the New Jersey Star-Ledger that Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler "offenses did all they could to take him out of the game, doubling him, chipping him and he still made plays."
"I think he's a linebacker, but some teams will put his hand down," another scout said. "He's a good player. He has a great first step to the ball." No scouts speaking to the NJSL had a bad word to say about Fowler. One said: "He's very, very talented. He could play linebacker, but I have no problem with him as a right end. He can stop the run. And he just kills tight ends." Another added: "Pretty good pass rusher with a lot of moves. He uses his hands too. He knows what he's doing out there." Apr 26 - 9:17 PM

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CBS Sports' Rob Rang calls Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler "one of the year's safest prospects, regardless of position."

"Though the 2015 class is strong at the position, Fowler's versatility, burst, bend, use of hands, instincts and passion make him one of the year's safest prospects, regardless of position," Rang wrote. The Florida prospect is one of the most versatile edge rushers in the draft and has the ability to play play up or down. Fowler has potential to be off the board in the top 5 picks of the draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 24 - 3:42 PM

Football Outsiders' SackSEER projects Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler as a potential bust.

That projection is based on poor collegiate sack production (Fowler had 11.5 across three seasons) and ho-hum combine showings in the vertical jump, broad-jump and 3-cone drills. "Jermaine Cunningham and Shea McClellin projected similarly entering past drafts," wrote ESPN's Mike Sando. Mel Kiper ranks Fowler as the No. 5 player in the class.
Apr 21 - 10:04 PM

Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler is "the most well-rounded edge defender in this class, with more bulk and strength than some of the others, to go with good explosiveness," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

The analyst ranks Fowler as the No. 7 player in the class. "I think Fowler is scheme-versatile," McShay wrote. "We have him listed as a 4-3 DE, but he fits just as naturally as an outside linebacker in a base 3-4 scheme. Most NFL teams are multiple with their fronts these days, which is why Fowler's versatility is so appealing." Fowler has met with a wide range of teams including the Buccaneers, Titans, Jaguars, Redskins, Jets, Falcons and Bears.
Apr 18 - 6:06 PM

The Washington Redskins report that Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler was in for an official visit on Wednesday.

With the departure of Brian Orakpo in free agency, the Redskins could look to the Florida edge rusher, to fill a position of need. Fowler has gained heavy interest from teams drafting in the top-10. The top-5 prospect has already visited with the Buccaneers, Titans, Jaguars, Redskins, Jets, Falcons and the Bears.
Apr 15 - 3:08 PM

Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler will visit the Jets on Monday and Tuesday, according to Manish Mehta.

Fowler is absolutely in play for the Jets at No. 6. The Florida product plays the game with hand use to create space. He maximizes his athleticism, but Fowler is only an average athlete. Still, he has enough of a first step to make things happen off the snap and has experience in a variety of alignments.
Apr 13 - 1:02 PM

All three CBS analysts not projecting a trade at No. 3 mock Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler Jr. to the Jaguars.

Colleague Frank Cooney agrees, writing that Fowler provides the draft's best fit for Jacksonville. "Fowler starred in nearby Gainesville despite switching between defensive tackle, defensive end and linebacker and seems to be just scratching the surface of his potential," he wrote. "The Jaguars' defense showed some teeth last season -- quietly tying for sixth in the NFL with 45 sacks. Fowler could be the moveable chess piece [HC Gus] Bradley needs for Jacksonville to finally contend in the AFC South." With quarterbacks now expected to go 1-2, Jacksonville should have their choice of Southern California's Leonard Williams or Fowler. For the record, Fowler said he would be "stunned" if the Jaguars don't take him No. 3.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 8 - 9:18 PM

CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora will "play a hunch and go with [Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler] in Scot McCloughan's first draft for Washington."

"Put this kid on the other side of Ryan Kerrigan and you just might quickly upgrade over Brian Orakpo," La Canfora wrote. "Regardless, I'm thinking an edge rusher is the play here as the Skins need to add teeth to a long sagging defense." Fowler is considered a top-5 lock by some. The prospect himself believes he's ticketed to the Jaguars at No. 3.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 8 - 5:49 PM

At his pro day, Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler Jr. "definitely solidified his place as a top-five selection in the 2015 NFL Draft," according to NFL Media's Gil Brandt.

If you missed all the goings-on with Fowler from Tuesday, here's a brief refresher: He had "a great workout," according to Brandt, run by LB coaches of the Steelers and Eagles, showing "suddenness in all of his movements"; Fowler confirmed he will attend the draft in Chicago; he said he would be "stunned" if the Jaguars don't take him No. 3, and further clarified that he expects to be the first prospect on stage (Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota won't attend); lastly, Fowler announced he's the best player in the draft. Consider yourself up to speed.
Apr 8 - 1:25 PM

Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler said he's the best player in the draft.

"Me," said Fowler when asked who was the best player in the class. "I'm the best player in the draft. Why I'd say that, it's because of how complete I am out there. There are a lot of guys, a lot of good people in this draft. But as far as me being able to do the whole thing? I can do it all." Jameis Winston recently made the same proclamation, equally as confident. Both can make the case. "I think if it wasn't for the Bucs taking Jameis Winston, (Fowler would) be the No. 1 player taken," said Fowler's dad, Dante Sr. "That's just my opinion. Everyone has their own opinion; I'm biased, and Jameis is a good kid, and we know his parents. But if it wasn't for them needing a quarterback, (Dante Jr. would) be the No. 1 pick."
Apr 7 - 11:41 PM

Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler said he would be "stunned" if the Jaguars don't take him No. 3.

"I'd be stunned, just because of the scheme that coach Gus (Bradley) has," Fowler said after his pro day Tuesday. "I feel like as far as him being on the multiple side, 4-3 and the 3-4, I can set the edge and I can come off the edge standing up. I'll be surprised (if the Jaguars don't draft me), but that's how the draft goes. I'm just happy that I'm getting drafted and I'm getting drafted on the first day." Fowler is so confident that he's already talking about being the first prospect on the stage later this month (Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota won't attend the event). "I actually just got invited last weekend," Fowler said. "That would be great if Jameis and Marcus aren't there. I'll feel like I'm the first guy taken in the draft because I'm going to be on the stage first. Whatever pans out, I'm just happy to be there, to be in that environment. ... It's something special." Long assumed to be a heavy favorite to go No. 2, it now seems like
Apr 7 - 6:26 PM

Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler confirmed Tuesday that he will attend the 2015 NFL Draft in Chicago.

Fowler has upcoming visits with the Titans, Bucs and Falcons, and he's meeting with the Jaguars as we speak (Tuesday). Atlanta will probably have to trade up if it wants to secure Fowler's rights, but Jacksonville is expected to get the right of first refusal on Fowler at No. 3 (assuming Jameis Winston goes No. 1 and either Marcus Mariota or Leonard Williams goes No. 2, as expected). Fowler has been compared to a variety of prospects, including Aldon Smith, Bjoern Werner, Robert Quinn, Ezekiel Ansah and Brian Orakpo. Fowler isn't going to have to spend much time in the green room later this month.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 7 - 5:49 PM

Florida EDGE Dante Fowler is scheduled to visit the Titans, Bucs and Falcons following his Tuesday visit with the Jaguars, according to Albert Breer.

The Titans kept and added edge rushing talent in free agency, but the other three teams are absolutely in need of help there. We think the Falcons are the latest Fowler will stay on the board. It is an obvious connection, but Falcons HC Dan Quinn coached Fowler at Florida.
Apr 7 - 12:37 PM

Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler's combine performance compares to Bjoern Werner and Robert Quinn, wrote Jungkyu Lee, ESPN Stats & Information.

Fowler recorded a 1.56 10-yard split on his 4.61 forty at the combine. Fowler jumped to 8.5 sacks last season from 3.5 in 2013, and his 37 pressures in 2014 were tied for SEC best. "He employed a mix of power and finesse in sacking opposing quarterbacks, with 4.0 of his 8.5 sacks coming after a power move (bull rush, swim move) and 4.5 with a finesse move (speed rush, spin move)," Lee wrote. "Of the players ranked in the top 15 at each of the four front-seven positions (defensive end, defensive tackle, outside linebacker and inside linebacker), he is one of five who had at least four sacks using power moves and four sacks using finesse moves in 2014."
Apr 6 - 1:07 AM

Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler compares to Robert Quinn and Aldon Smith, according to ESPN's Steve Muench.

"Fowler is in good company here," Muench wrote. "We've (he means Scouts Inc.) only given eight defensive ends a grade of 95 or higher since 2007. Quinn, Ansah and Orakpo are three of them. Quinn is arguably is the best comparison of the three. Both have the violent hands and lateral agility to get after the quarterback, as well as the length and upper-body strength to set the edge against the run. Fowler could also draw comparisons to Smith because of his speed and versatility, although Smith's rare length sets him apart and he was a better pass-rusher coming out of Missouri in 2011." Sharon Katz of the Stats & Information Group likens Fowler to Bjoern Werner, Robert Quinn, Ezekiel Ansah and Brian Orakpo based on the numbers. "Physically he is most similar to Werner and Orakpo, but he is faster (4.6 40, 4.32 20-yard shuttle) than either of them," Muench wrote. "Athletically, Fowler is a smaller version of Quinn and Ansah, with speed and explosiveness
Apr 5 - 9:08 PM