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Dante Fowler | Defensive Lineman

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

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Florida HC Will Muschamp said that there's "no question" that junior edge rusher Dante Fowler should be drafted on Day 1 of the NFL Draft.
Fowler tweeted that he was "leaving with [Champ]" on Tuesday night, referring to Muschamp. Champ had nice things to say about the junior. "There aren't many folks that possess the qualities he can give you as far as rushing the passer," said Muschamp. He added, "[In the NFL] you've got to have guys that can rush the passer, and [Fowler] can win one-on-one (battles)." Evaluators love the 6-foot-3, 277-pounder's ability to work in different schemes and his energy on defense. Last week, he debuted on Mel Kiper Jr.'s Big Board at No. 15. Nov 19 - 4:45 PM
Source: NFL.com

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Florida junior edge rusher Dante Fowler posted on social media that this will be his final season of college football.

That means he will enter the 2015 NFL Draft. Specifically, Fowler's post read "I came in with champ. I'm leaving with Him. Simple as that." Champ refers to exiting head coach Will Muschamp. Fowler is a technician on the edge, using his hands for leverage and to gain a balance advantage. He might like the athleticism of other prospects in tight spaces, but he has been asked to move around more the season. He could be viewed as a commodity in a variety of schemes.
Nov 18 - 8:14 PM

Florida junior edge rusher Dante Fowler Jr. will speak with outgoing Gators' coach Will Muschamp about whether he should declare for the draft.

Muschamp might not be the only one leaving Florida after this season. Fowler said that at the appropriate time "[Muschamp and I] are going to sit down and talk, with me and my family." The 6-foot-3, 277-pound junior popped up on Mel Kiper Jr.'s Big Board at No. 15 last week. Kiper wrote that NFL teams would value Fowler's versatility and non-stop motor.
Nov 18 - 7:45 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. said that Florida junior edge rusher Dante Fowler Jr. is "good pretty much anywhere you line him up."

Fowler debuted at No. 15 on Kiper's Big Board on Wednesday. Kiper said that "[Fowler] isn't dominant in one area," but that the 6-foot-2, 265-pound junior would be valued by NFL teams because of the versatility he offers. "He has good lateral quickness and will chase the play," noted Kiper. In addition, "[Fowler] can play on his feet in space, will set the edge for you, can drive upfield and spin back inside, and also will flip inside where he can win with quickness."
Nov 5 - 5:02 PM

Florida junior edge rusher Dante Fowler Jr. "has been consistently dominant with his combination of versatile athleticism," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"However on tape, the Gators pass rusher has been consistently dominant with his combination of versatile athleticism and relentless energy, forcing the offense to always gameplan where he is on the field," Brugler writes. While Fowler only has 3.5 sacks on the season, Brugler notes that "his impact on the field can't be seen on the stat sheet and he belongs in the early first round discussion."
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 4 - 3:57 PM

Florida junior edge rusher Dante Fowler Jr. "was omnipresent" in Kentucky's backfield on Saturday, notes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Fowler Jr. had six tackles, four QB hurries, two tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble in the three overtime thriller. "On tape Fowler was omnipresent making plays behind the line of scrimmage, out to the sidelines in pursuit and displayed great explosion and suddenness," Pauline wrote. "His hustle and ability to force the action was impressive as the junior was unstoppable. Will Fowler enter the draft? Sources tell me his parents are fully engaged in the process and it will be a wait and see proposition." Fowler earned second-team all-conference honors by collecting 50 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and three forced fumbles last year.
Sep 16 - 6:11 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl called Florida junior edge rusher Dante Fowler Jr. a "tone setter-type" player.

"Fowler has his limitations but I love the way he plays the game," Weidl tweeted. The evaluator specifically pointed to one play Fowler made, displaying bend around the edge while creating pressure. Rotoworld's Josh Norris is also a big fan of Fowler, as long as he continues to use length and hands at the point of attack.
Sep 15 - 12:41 PM

Florida junior DE Dante Fowler "must continue to get stronger at the point of attack and show improved recognition," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Fowler earned second-team all-conference honors by collecting 50 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and three forced fumbles last year. Rang believes Fowler benefited greatly from the attention paid to future first round pick Dominique Easley. "The value Fowler provides lies with his versatility," Rang wrote. "Depending on the situation the Gators line him up at RDE, LDE, DT, and OLB, ask him to rush from the two-point and three-point stance and occasionally drop him into coverage -- including after he has started the play with his hand in the dirt. Fowler's light feet and fluid athleticism belie his powerful, compact frame and make him a tough matchup. ... To take the next step, Fowler must continue to get stronger at the point of attack and show improved recognition, as too often he'd charge into the backfield only to allow the ball-carrier to slip past him."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 13 - 3:57 PM

Florida junior DE Dante Fowler is a "talented defender who plays with maximum effort and energy on every play," writes NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

Fowler produced only 3.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss in 2013, but most experts aren't concerned about that; SEC offensive lines were able to roll protection schemes to neutralize him after Dominique Easley went down. "Fowler has the potential to blossom into a disruptive defender at the next level, [but] he needs to put on more performances like his brilliant display against Tennessee (3 tackles, 1 sack, 3 tackles for loss and 2 forced fumbles) to earn high marks in draft rooms across the league," Brooks wrote. "The buzz is already brewing based on his exceptional effort on tape, but he needs to add a little more production to build a strong case to be a top prospect by season's end." Fowler went No. 6 in CBS Sports analyst Rob Rang's 2015 mock draft.
Source: NFL.com
May 31 - 5:09 PM

Florida junior DE Dante Fowler went No. 6 in CBS Sports analyst Rob Rang's 2015 mock draft.

"Fowler is a top-notch athlete who could explode in precisely this role for the Gators and ultimately warrant top 10 consideration," Rang wrote. The top five picks were 1.) Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon, 2.) Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford, 3.) Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska, 4.) Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M, and 5.) Leonard Williams, DT, Southern Cal.
Source: CBS Sports
May 21 - 8:08 PM

Florida sophomore DL Dante Fowler registered three tackles for loss, including a sack, and forced two fumbles against Tennessee.

Fowler is a member of the top defensive line in the country, as senior Dominique Easley and edge rusher Ronald Powell certainly deserve attention as well. The sophomore has plenty of upside and could be moved to the interior after this season. The Gators face Kentucky this weekend.
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 11:24:00 AM