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TCU LB Paul Dawson met with the St. Louis Rams and New Orleans Saints at last week's pro day event.

Dawson (6-foot-0 1/8, 235 pounds) improved upon his 4.93 second combine forty by .15 seconds when he ran a 4.78 at his pro day. Dawson, of course, isn't a workout warrior. Instead, he's an ultra-productive LB who posted 136 tackles during the 2014 season. NFL Media analysts Mike Mayock and Lance Zierlein both rank Dawson as the best LB in the class.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 29 - 8:13 PM

TCU LB Paul Dawson ran a 4.78 40-yard dash at his pro day.

The good news is that he improved upon his maligned combine showing by .15 seconds. The bad news is that CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that his new time wasn't "enough to quell all concerns." The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Dawson checked in five pounds lighter than his combine weight and posted a 10-0 long jump. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported earlier in the day that Dawson met with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday and has official visits scheduled with the Vikings and Panthers. Dawson will also work out for the Patriots.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 27 - 10:40 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports that TCU LB Paul Dawson met with the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, and has an official visit set up with the Vikings and Panthers, and will work out for the Patriots.

At his pro day, the 6-foot-2, 230-pound Dawson weighed five pounds lighter than he did at the combine. The TCU prospect posted 10-0 in the long jump, which was eleven inches better than his combine mark. Pauline notes that Dawson's "drill work was fantastic" and he "looked smooth, quick and explosive" and believes he did "enough to keep him in the top 45."
Mar 27 - 4:03 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein ranks TCU LB Paul Dawson as the best linebacker in the class.

It should be noted that Zierlein ranked several players who will be listed as linebackers in the NFL -- a group that include Dante Fowler, Vic Beasley, Randy Gregory, Eli Harold and more -- at edge rusher. Even so, this is a strong show of support for Dawson, whose stock took a tumble after a terrible combine. "Outrageously productive linebacker with a nose for the ball," Zierlein wrote. "Dawson averages a tackle every 5.3 snaps and either caused or recovered a total of eight turnovers during the 2014 season. Evaluators understand that Dawson has been a handful while at TCU and that will turn some teams off to him completely. Dawson can play inside in a two-gap scheme but is a natural fit at 4-3 WILL."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 25 - 9:34 PM

TCU LB Paul Dawson "now looks like trouble seeking someplace to happen and the jury is out on whether he will cause more problems for opponents or his own team," opined NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"Game tapes show Dawson as a dominant defender inside TCU coach Gary Patterson's 4-2-5 alignment," Cooney wrote. "But, obviously not prepared, Dawson surprised scouts with a poor performance at the Indianapolis combine. They re-checked intel, including Dawson's own blog in which he fesses up to being chronically late for meetings. In recent weeks, his character was increasingly questioned, even on the field where he freelances more than coaches like." In Indy, 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. "I'm an awesome football player. The best/most productive linebacker in this draft. Not a track star," Dawson tweeted in response. Rotoworld remains staunchly in Dawson's corner.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 22 - 10:21 PM

TCU LB Paul Dawson has scheduled visits with the Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder "bombed" the combine, according to ESPN's Kevin Weidl, a designation the analyst called "an understatement." Fair enough, but we're amongst the group that watches Dawson's game tape like stoners watch Avatar. He's a menace with innate instincts, arriving at the ball well before his athletic skills dictate he should have. He's also capable of playing on either the inside or outside linebacker in the NFL. Dawson has a chance to improve upon his testing numbers and stabilize his stock at TCU's pro day on March 27 in Fort Worth. Before then, he'll try to impress evaluators one-on-one.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 19 - 8:45 PM

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


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