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

By Alan Schechter

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

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…..