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TCU LB Paul Dawson "will need to do some damage control by improving [his combine] numbers with a strong [pro day] showing to help ease concerns for teams considering him in the Day 2 range," observed Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

"To say Dawson bombed the workout portion of the combine would be an understatement," Weidl wrote. Indeed, Dawson ran a 4.93 forty (tied for second-slowest among LBs), had an LB-worst 28-inch vertical, had a poor 9-foot-1 broad jump, and a bad short-shuttle time of 4.49. "Dawson has some very good tape and has some games in which he's inconsistent," Weidl wrote. "But the bottom line is that his combine results are concerning for an undersized linebacker who lacks ideal point-of-attack skills and whose best attribute is his ability to play in space." Dawson will work out for evaluators on March 27 in Fort Worth.
Mar 4 - 12:42 AM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis wrote that TCU LB Paul Dawson "needs to look as athletic in drills as he does during games" at his pro day.

Dawson is next set to work out for evaluators on March 27 in Fort Worth at TCU's scouting event. "I think Dawson has the best instincts of any linebacker in the draft," Davis wrote. "He reads, diagnoses and gets to the point of attack very well. The former Horned Frogs star plays with great passion and appears to really love football. His game tape is outstanding. However, he didn't perform well at the combine." Dawson ran a 4.93 forty (tied for second-slowest among LBs), had an LB-worst 28-inch vertical, "and just didn't measure up to what we see from him on tape when it comes to play speed," wrote Davis.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 2 - 11:37 PM

TCU LB Paul Dawson "kind of does his own thing, which coaches don't love," an NFL scout said.

"Very instinctive football player," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Little bit of a freelancer. Kind of does his own thing, which coaches don't love. But he's got a lot of ability." Dawson profiles as a 4-3 OLB, though he could potentially shift inside for a 3-4 scheme. "He's late for meetings, all that kind of stuff," the scout said. "He's just never done the right things." The 6-foot, 235-pound Dawson recorded 136 tackles (20 TFLs), six sacks, four interceptions and nine total pass break-ups last season.
Mar 2 - 7:44 PM

TCU LB Paul Dawson still ranks as Mike Mayock's top prospect at the position.

Dawson ran a 4.93 forty at the Combine, which surprised Mayock and us here at Rotoworld. All TCU players play much faster than they timed, so the question is if the downhill, attacking scheme compensated for that lack of speed. UCLA's Eric Kendricks, Clemson's Stephone Anthony, Miss State's Benardrick McKinney and Miami's Denzel Perryman round out the top five. Shaq Thompson is listed under safety.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 2 - 12:57 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes TCU S Chris Hackett will "overcome his lack of raw speed with his competitiveness" at the next level.

Hackett is currently licking his wounds after running a 4.81 forty at the combine -- the slowest time of all defensive backs -- and posting a 32-inch vertical, which was one of the worst amongst DBs. "I also did not see the range on pass coverage that he showed at TCU," Brandt wrote. "Hackett is much more impressive with full gear on than when he's running around in T-shirt and shorts." The 6-foot-2, 196-pound Hackett recorded 75 tackles and a team-high seven interceptions last season.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 28 - 6:17 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt is confident TCU LB Paul Dawson "can overcome his lack of speed and athletic ability to be effective at the next level."

"Still, he was such a competitive overachiever as a Horned Frog that I'm confident he can overcome his lack of speed and athletic ability to be effective at the next level," Brandt wrote. The TCU prospect was super productive for the Horned Frogs in 2014, averaging a tackle every 5.3 snaps. The 6-foot, 235-pound Dawson recorded 136 tackles (20 TFLs), six sacks, four interceptions and nine total pass break-ups. Brandt mentioned that Dawson reminded him of LB Brandon Spikes, "who produced at Florida, struggled in the pre-draft period, then proved to be a solid pro."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 27 - 4:05 PM

TCU redshirt junior QB Trevone Boykin will undergo surgery in April to repair a fractured wrist.

Before Horned Frogs fans keel over, we should be clear on two things: Surgery will repair the injury to Boykin's left (non-throwing) wrist that he sustained in October, and the fracture is being described as small. He didn't miss a snap because of the injury, though he will miss a portion of spring practices while rehabbing, a process that is expected to take five weeks. Boykin, fortunately, is expected be 100 percent by voluntary summer workouts.
Feb 26 - 11:05 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock mentioned that an "old-school scout" told him to trust his gut on TCU LB Paul Dawson.

"Don't get off Paul Dawson. ... Trust your gut," the scout told Mike Mayock. The 6-foot, 235-pound TCU prospect, has shown great instincts on film and played at a high level for the Horned Frogs. While Dawson didn't show out at the combine like many expected, the eye in the sky is his best friend. Teams will have to go back and do their homework on Dawson and roll the dice if they believe he's their target on Day 1.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 24 - 2:38 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline noted that while TCU LB Paul Dawson "physically runs a 4.95 forty, mentally he plays at a 4.3 speed."

"Many were surprised by Paul Dawson’s poor forty time but those who saw him at combine training were not," Pauline wrote. "I was told while Dawson is not foot fast but his reaction speed has been off the charts. Dawson was one of the best they’ve seen when participating in reaction drills." Dawson performed poorly in combine tests, but he's never won on the field with elite athleticism. If he falls in April, some brave team is going to find itself a steal.
Feb 23 - 8:24 PM

TCU LB Paul Dawson fired back at those criticizing his showing at the combine.

"I'm an awesome football player," Dawson tweeted. "The best/most productive linebacker in this draft. Not a track Star." The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Dawson posted a 4.93-second 40-yard dash time on Sunday in Indy, a highly disappointing showing. He didn't do much better in the other athletic tests, either. While Dawson's stock is pointing down, it's important to note that his game film is on indeed on par with any other linebacker in this class. All he does is make plays.
Feb 23 - 4:56 PM

TCU S Chris Hackett ran a 4.81 forty on Monday, the slowest time of all defensive backs.

This news is devastating to Hackett's draft stock. An early-entrant into the draft, Hackett's speed had been consistently questioned prior to the combine. Instead of dispelling concerns, he amplified them. Fortunately, the 6-foot-2, 196-pound Hackett has very good game film; he recorded 75 tackles and a team-high seven interceptions for the Horned Frogs this season. Hackett must improve upon this number at the Horned Frogs' pro day. If he can't get into the 4.6s, it's not inconceivable that Hackett could go undrafted.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 4:12 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said during Sunday's telecast that TCU LB Paul Dawson's poor forty time "just blows me away; I did not see that coming."

Before the combine, Mayock ranked Dawson as his top linebacker. On Sunday, the 6-foot 1/8, 235-pound Dawson clocked a disappointing 4.93 in the 40-yard dash. "I've got to go back and check this guy more," Mayock said. Unfortunately, Dawson also struggled in the other drills. "His instincts and quickness -- he was just phenomenal on tape," said Mayock. Indeed, Dawson led TCU's 18th-ranked defense with 136 tackles in 2014. Mayock previously touted Dawson's "instincts and toughness," saying, "I watched him for two hours and just laughed. He was so good." NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein tweeted Sunday that Dawson's combine showing threw "a monkey wrench" into his draft stock.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 3:09 PM

TCU LB Paul Dawson made his debut at No. 47 NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's board.

"Dawson is an undersized inside linebacker with outstanding instincts, versatility and production," Jeremiah wrote. "Against the run, he is very quick to key/read and he beats blockers to spots. He doesn't stutter before shooting gaps and he collects a lot of tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage. He has the speed/range to make plays from sideline to sideline. He lacks the size and thump to consistently stack and shed lead blockers, but he is crafty to slip or avoid without creating a void. He is a sure tackler that runs his feet on contact. In pass coverage, he is athletic enough to mirror tight ends and running backs. There are some rumblings about work ethic/attitude issues off the field, but it doesn't show up on tape. Overall, Dawson isn't as explosive as former TCU LB Daryl Washington, but his instincts and versatility are very similar." The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Dawson led the Horned Frogs with 136 tackles (80 solo, 20 for loss) in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 18 - 11:49 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay notes that TCU RB B.J. Catalon "is a fast and versatile back who warrants Day 3 consideration because of his talent, but his history with concussions (his most recent one took place Nov. 1, 2014, against West Virginia) could scare teams away."

"His medical testing will be important as a result," McShay wrote. Catalon missed the school's bowl game against Ole Miss due to a concussion, not the first time a head injury kept him sidelined. He declared for the draft early, and we speculated at the time that his decision had to do with maximizing his earning potential with his shelf life in mind.
Feb 17 - 7:36 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah questions TCU junior S Chris Hackett's speed and notes that he has "too many low missed tackles."

"Lot of buzz about TCU safety Chris Hackett. So far, I'm not a huge fan. Question speed and too many low missed tackles. I prefer Sample (Louisville)," Jeremiah tweeted. The 6-foot-2, 196-pound Hackett has been said to have to run a 4.62 40-yard dash. The versatile safety recorded 75 tackles and a team-high seven interceptions for the Horned Frogs this season. As a sophomore, Hackett finished second on the team in tackles with 88 in 2013.
Feb 13 - 4:05 PM


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