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ESPN's Todd McShay praised the Bengals for taking TCU OLB Paul Dawson No. 99 overall.

"While he isn't a great athlete, he is a big-time playmaker who represents a good value in the third round," McShay wrote. "He projects as a 4-3 weakside linebacker in the Bengals' scheme and should have an impact early." As you know, we also loved the pick. Dawson arguably has late-round-one ability and he shouldn't have slipped out of Round 2. Acquiring him with the last pick of Day 2 is value personified.
Source: ESPN.com
May 4 - 6:19 PM

TCU redshirt senior QB Trevone Boykin needs to show "more consistency and accuracy" to be a first round prospect, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Boykin is going to be a hotly debated prospect. I need to see more consistency and accuracy before he makes my 1st round," Brugler tweeted. In his first full year as TCU's starting quarterback, he finished fourth in the Heisman voting after putting up 3,714 yards passing and 30 TD passes. If the TCU prospect can refine his game, he has a shot to be a first-round prospect, as well as, a potential Heisman Trophy winner.
May 4 - 2:53 PM

Falcons signed TCU CB Kevin White.

White (5'9/183) made 40 starts as a Horned Frog, tallying six career INTs and three forced fumbles. A second-team All-Big 12 pick by the conference's coaches, White's shining senior-year moment was holding namesake Kevin White of West Virginia to a 3-28-0 receiving line in November. TCU's White is short on size and speed (4.63), and lacks the quickness required to excel at slot corner. He was a good college corner who will likely struggle to transition.
May 3 - 9:44 PM

Bears selected TCU OG Tayo Fabuluje with the No. 183 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Fabuluje (6'6/353) bounced from BYU to TCU, where he quit football as a junior before returning for a second-team All-Big 12 selection as a senior. Redshirts, transfers, and time away have sidelined Fabuluje for three of the last five seasons. It's fair to question Fabuluje's passion for the game, and the fact that he managed 16 bench-press reps at the Combine sent up another red flag. Still, Fabuluje is a gargantuan human with 34-inch arms and quick feet for a big man. He could grow into an NFL starting guard if he sheds some fat and hits the weights.
May 2 - 4:20 PM

Bengals selected TCU OLB Paul Dawson with the No. 99 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Dawson (6'0/235) was a tackle machine in Gary Patterson's defense, recording 38 career TFLs as a two-year starter. He was Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. Although Dawson was a dominant college defender, he earned a reputation for persistent tardiness at TCU, and is a poor athlete, running 4.93 with a 28-inch vertical and 9-foot-1 broad jump. Dawson's best NFL fit may be in an Larry Foote-type role where he's protected by a nose tackle and isn't asked to play in coverage. Otherwise, he'll have to become a big-time special teamer to last in the pros.
May 1 - 11:21 PM

One scout passes along that TCU HC Gary Patterson "really likes" LB Paul Dawson despite the prospect's tardiness while in school.

"You've got to be disciplined to play for Gary Patterson, who's probably the best defensive coach in the country," the scout said. "Gary really likes this guy, and Gary doesn't say very many nice things about people." Dawson has even admitted to immaturity and tardiness during his time at TCU. Each scout polled by McGinn brought up Dawson's "instinctive" style. "It's like he reads every play before it happens," another said. Dawson will likely end up in the late second or third round.
Apr 28 - 10:05 AM

TCU LB Paul Dawson's "instincts and production are off the charts, and are untouchable by any linebacker in this draft," notes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

Dawson's evaluation comes with reservations. He was frequently late for meetings in school and didn't always get along with his position coach. His combine performance was also amongst the worst showings of any player in this class. That said, we're smitten with him, as is Zierlein. "Dawson's production and instincts are first-round worthy, but he must prove he's fast enough for the NFL game or he'll be just another guy as a pro," the analyst wrote. Dawson had 136 tackles, 20 TFL, six sacks, three fumbles recovered, four interceptions and nine passes defensed in 29 targets last year. Those numbers are silly. Dawson has visited the San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs and has had private workouts for the Bucs and Atlanta Falcons.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 28 - 2:11 AM

The Denver Broncos have been linked to Paul Dawson of TCU and Benardrick McKinney of Mississippi State to fill their LB vacancy, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"It must be mentioned the team has not shown a lot of interest in Dawson via the visit/workout route," Pauline added. Dawson has visited the San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs and has had private workouts for the Bucs and Atlanta Falcons. He had 136 tackles, 20 TFL, and four interceptions last year.
Apr 22 - 1:53 AM

TCU LB Paul Dawson has visited the San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs and has had private workouts for the Bucs and Atlanta Falcons, reports the National Football Post's Aaron Wilson.

We also know Dawson has met with the St. Louis Rams and New Orleans Saints and visited the Vikings. It's of little surprise that Dawson's dance card is full. After all, he is a hyper-productive player whose work ethic has been questioned and who doesn't test well. On the field, we see a destructive defender. Give us Dawson in Round 2 and we'll be happy.
Apr 17 - 7:55 PM

The 49ers are meeting with TCU LB Paul Dawson on Tuesday, according to Matt Barrows.

Barrows notes the 49ers are "hosting" Dawson, so we are guessing it is an official visit. Dawson tested poorly at the Combine after producing a productive senior season in an aggressive defense that fit his style. Dawson improved his testing numbers at the school's pro day, but there are many questions about his work ethic. He even admitted to having issues in this area. We like Dawson quite a bit and think he lands in the second or third round.
Apr 14 - 12:31 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports that TCU LB Paul Dawson has a pre-draft visit with the Minnesota Vikings.

The TCU prospect was quite productive for the Horned Frogs last season, leading the team in tackles(136), with 20 tackles for losses, and 4 interceptions on his 2014 resume. After Dawson's meeting with the Vikings, he has scheduled visits with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers.
Apr 7 - 2:44 PM

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


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