Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Furman offensive lineman Dakota Dozier goes through drills during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets Select Dakota Dozier with the 137 pick of the 2014 NFL Draft


The Jets have moved on to choosing some depth on the offensive line with the 137th pick overall. The pick, just is, is offensive guard Dakota Dozier.

Dozier, is 6;4″, 313 pounds. He has a lot talent, albeit raw talent. He played left tackle at a small school, before moving to the inside to play guard, which seemed more comfortable. Here are thoughts from the NFL.com profile:

STRENGTHS Outstanding overall body mass and thickness, especially in the lower body. Strong power base with a very stout anchor. Locks down and dominates lesser competition in pass protection (pancake machine). Plays with vinegar and finishes blocks. Rose to the occasion vs. better competition (see LSU). Plays with good knee bend and generates movement off the ball. Experienced, four-year starter.
WEAKNESSES Raw technician. Footwork is not clean. Shuffles instead of kicksliding and can get overextended attacking defenders. Carries his hands low and does not replace them. Oversets and gives up inside counters. Rolls slowly to the second level under control and can be beaten to the block point by speed. Can get complacent and play down to the competition level.

It’s an interesting choice, one to watch as the summer approaches.

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  • Frank Antonelli

    Most of the criticism was about his tackle play. He’ll be a very good guard for us for years to come.

    • Paul Newbold

      Way too early on that one Frank, while he could turn out to be a steal in the mid rounds, that’s yet to be determined. Fortunately for the Jets, the offensive line appears to be headed into a major competition! With the starting corp from last year mainly remaining the same, a couple of 2nd year depth guys and now the addition of two OL draft picks, it promises to be interesting. First we’ll see if he can break the roster, then we’ll have to determine where he fits best and how much talent he truly has. I liked the pick though, one of the few I see from the mid rounds having any sort of impact.