While it’s been a hectic time for Temple offensive lineman Dion Dawkins, he wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world. Dawkins is considered a potential second-round draft choice, and his stock appears to be rising.
He said he has visited “eight or nine” NFL teams. Now that the visits are over, all Dawkins has to do is wait for the April 27-29 draft, which will be a few miles from Temple in Philadelphia.
“If I could pass a message to any young players I would say this is a fun process,” Dawkins said. “I am very excited to see where I will end up.”
Using mock drafts as an indicator, Dawkins could be a second-round pick. This latest mock from Foxsports.com has Dawkins going in the second round to Cincinnati, 41st overall.
The same mock has Temple LB Haason Reddick going 16th to the Baltimore Ravens, and CB Nate Hariston as the first pick in the fifth round (145th overall) to Cleveland.
Dawkins says he tries not to look at mock drafts, but isn’t always successful.
“It can be hard,” he said. “To be honest, because of social media, it’s hard to stare away from it because everybody is sending you stuff.”
Dawkins was a left tackle at Temple and played guard during the Senior Bowl. He is projected as a guard or tackle by NFL teams, and in many instances, teams see him playing both positions. At the NFL combine, he measured 6-foot-4 and 314 pounds.
“They all say both guard and tackle,” Dawkins said. “Some need a guard first and some see me getting reps as a tackle and some see me as a tackle.”
He said he adapted to guard quickly.
“The first day (at the Senior Bowl) was the hardest, but it then came fairly easily,” he said.
Dawkins was a first-team all-American Athletic Conference choice as Temple won the league title. He started 40 games and appeared in 44 during his Temple career.
Dawkins understands one reality of where he might be selected in the draft.
“Nobody really knows,” he said.
One thing that he does know is that the draft can’t come soon enough.