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2nd Round: Dawkins 'Best Value'

Fri, May 12, 2017

By Phil Savage

Of the 16 seniors drafted in Round 2, 12 participated in the RSB.  Of the four seniors who missed being in Mobile, three had injuries that prevented them from being able to play back in January and one opted to bypass our event.

“Highest Selection"

Zay Jones/East Carolina WR
The Buffalo Bills were wise in picking Zay who had an exceptional college career in becoming the all-time leading receiver in FBS history with 399 receptions. He can play outside or in the slot, has acceleration and burst and sticky hands to go with his engaging personality.

“Senior Bowl Bump”

Gerald Everett/South Alabama TE
The Los Angeles Rams used a good portion of the draft to add offensive assets around QB Jared Goff. Gerald, a former UAB transfer, is an athletic, speed-based tight end that can threaten the seam and has run-after-catch skills. His Tuesday practice at the RSB was outstanding as a receiver when he showed the ability to snatch the football in traffic.

“Immediate Help”

Forrest Lamp/Western Kentucky OL
For the Los Angeles Chargers, their focus was to protect the bubble around QB Philip Rivers. In Forrest, they get a former left tackle that projects well to the inside. He has the requisite base, balance, strength and know-how to start right away.

“Best Value”

Dion Dawkins/Temple OL
The Bills wrapped up a successful Round 2 with the selection of Dion as a potential starter at tackle or guard. He can bend, has quick feet, long arms and is #TempleTough.

“Spotlight Choice”

Tanoh Kpassagnon/Villanova DE
Tanoh was forecast as a 3rd or 4th round developmental option in this class, but the Kansas City Chiefs saw him as a prospect with a huge upside. He is a towering figure with height, long arms and the versatility to play DE on early downs and then rush from the inside as a DT in their Sub package.

Here are the other seven selections in Round 2 from the Reese’s Senior Bowl:

47. Tyus Bowser Houston OB Ravens 
49. Ryan Anderson Alabama OB Redskins 
50. Justin Evans Texas A&M SS Buccaneers 
55. Dalvin Tomlinson Alabama DT NY Giants 
56. Obi Melifonwu Connecticut FS Raiders
58. Ethan Pocic LSU OC Seahawks
64. Taylor Moton Western Michigan OT Panthers 


Phil Savage Phil Savage is the Executive Director of the Senior Bowl. He worked 20 years in the NFL as a coach, scout and executive, including two years as the Director of Player Personnel for the Baltimore Ravens and four years as the general manager of the Cleveland Browns.