TCU LB Paul Dawson "has become a bit of a cult figure in scouting circles because of his extraordinary instincts and playmaking ability," wrote NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.
"In November, when I first started my draft profiles, I had a scout text me to 'go watch the TCU linebacker, No. 47'," Zierlein wrote. "I did and it was memorable. Forced fumbles, interceptions, fumble recoveries, sacks, tackles for losses, passes defensed -- these all come much more easily to linebackers that are moving in the direction of the play before the ball is snapped, which is Dawson in a nutshell. If he runs in the 4.6 range in the 40 at the combine, he could find himself in the first round, despite character red flags I have noted." Dawson said recently that he's been running the forty in the 4.6s, so that shouldn't be a problem. Rotoworld's Josh Norris, for one, believes Dawson is a top 32 talent in this year's class.