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

Dakota Dozier and Trevor Reilly: Diamond Duo in the Rough?

As much as there was talk about star quality in the 2014 NFL draft, there was talk about the depth of said draft as well. For all of the Marqise Lee’s and Mike Evans’ that were available, there also that many players to be found in the mid to late rounds as impact players as well.

Bryan Fischer, a college football 24/7 writer, had just these types of comments to make about two of the Jets selections. Specifically, the ones that were brought into the fold yesterday, Dakota Dozier, and Trevor Reilly. First he speaks on Dozier:

“He’s probably more of a guard than a tackle in the NFL, but there should be no concerns about moving him inside given how strong he is,” wrote Fischer. “He’s a small-school kid but handled things just fine when playing top competition and, with a little refinement, should become a starter for the Jets. He still needs a little bit of work against top defensive tackles when pass blocking but should be able to open up running lanes for backs with ease.”

Here are Fisher’s thoughts on Reilly:

“His knee is still a concern, but this is just a tremendous value for the Jets this late in the draft,” wrote Fischer. “He can stand up or put his hand in the ground and will likely do both for Rex Ryan. He can find his way to the backfield or set the edge if needed. He’ll be tremendous on special teams, as well, and should be one of the hardest workers on the team.”

You guys know my line: from your lips to God’s ears. If only these picks could do so well…..

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  • Paul Newbold

    That’s a pretty rosy picture he draws. Dozier may very well turn out to be the best mid round pick the Jets made, but he still needs to make the roster! By all appearances the Jets seem to be set for starters this season, a bunch can be said for continuity. If Winters develops and locks down his position, and Colon remains healthy at his and the Giacommini signing pays dividends, the Jets will be pretty much set. That and they have a few second year guys that will be competing, and Dozier may be lucky to make the practice squad… the offensive line competition is an intriguing one this year.
    Reilly on the other hand will probably be a Jet cut, not only is the reconstructed knee a concern, but his ability to play coverage and tackle at the next level. He’s on the smaller side for a NFL linebacker at at 26 he’s also the oldest rookie drafted! His age will limit his further physical development,he’s more of a finesse rusher, not exceedingly strong due to his size…I just don’t see the fit, unless he makes special teams.

    • footballjunk

      You obviously haven’t watched any film on Reilly. He dominated the pac-12 he owned teams like Stanford USC and Arizona St He bull rushed many. 330 lb left tackles and he beat them around the edge AND he was playing with a recently reconstructed ACL just like RG3 among others he played his entire junior year with a torn ACL. It sounds like you are just regurgitating info from know nothings. He’s a freak athlete but gets lumped in as a slow white guy. Do some research before you regurgitate garbage

      • Paul Newbold

        His size and the fact that he was a finesse rusher at the college level make him a long shot. He relies on his speed rush to bring pressure, when he’s engaged by NFL linemen, he will be far less effective. At 26, he’s unlikely to add much bulk, making him more of a special teams guy, maybe Rex can use him in situations, but as a starter he’s too small for the NFL. And for the record…Ive done my homework, the other knock on Reilly is pass coverage.