Jets select G Dakota Dozier

NFL: CombineWith the No. 137 pick in the NFL Draft, the Jets selected guard Dakota Dozier out of Furman.

Dozier is a 6-foot-4, 313 pound first-team AP FCS All-American who started in all 14 games during the 2013 season. He was also unanimously named to the All-Southern Conference first team in both the 2013 and 2012 seasons. Dozier spent most of his college career playing at left tackle, but spent time practicing at guard and played at the position late in the 2013 season.

Scouts have pointed out that Dozier has ideal size and a strong base, but they also point out that he does not have clean footwork. CBSSports.com’s draft profile projected that Dozier would be selected in either the third or fourth round.

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

This seems to be another popular pick among the fanbase and looks like pretty good value at the end of the fourth round. Dozier’s main attribute is his strength and it sounds like he has the kind of nasty streak fans always enjoy.

I wrote a few days ago that how early the Jets address the offensive line position in the draft would give us an insight into how they feel about the likes of Oday Aboushi, Will Campbell and Ben Ijalana, who will all compete for a roster spot this summer. However, they picked a guy right in the middle of the draft, so that doesn’t really give us a definitive answer.

Brian Winters struggled badly in his first season as a starter, so some people were hoping the Jets would draft somebody who could compete with him for a starting role. I’m not sure whether we should be expecting that for Dozier though, because – like Winters – he was a tackle in college who will be moving to guard, so we can expect a steep learning curve. He certainly projects to a potential future starter though, so with Willie Colon into his thirties and only on a one year deal, could Dozier and Winters be the starters in 2015?

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

While he played on the edge at Furman, like last year’s Brian Winters, Dozier will project to the NFL at guard. Dozier is an athletic guard prospect who seems best suited to a zone-blocking scheme, or at least one which will put him in motion over playing in a phone booth. Due to playing at a small school, Dozier will benefit from a full year’s worth of an NFL conditioning program but the bottom line is that he is a prospect with legitimate potential to start in the NFL if put in the right situation.

So will the situation be right for Dozier with the Jets? Last year the Jets kept draftees Oday Aboushi and Will Campbell in addition to “mini-draft” pickup Ben Ijalana on the Jets active roster but as game-day inactives for all 16 games. John Idzik deliberately shelved those three players to avoid their exposure to the waiver process. Now, the Jets have found another Brian Winters type player — an athletic small school prospect who has NFL starter potential — what does this mean for those players?

It means that after getting a hall pass in 2013, Aboushi, Campbell and Ijalana will be fully part of the roster competition to which John Idzik is dedicated. There’s no way that the Jets could afford to carry nine offensive linemen on their 53-man roster come final cutdowns. Someone’s going to go … but whom?




176 comments

Weren't the Jets going to add another quarterback, possibly McCarron since he's there?

a57se
a57se

I guess McCarrons' swagger didn't go over very well in his interviews.

williamg1
williamg1

Dakota Dozier is one hell of a football name. 

Paul Samuels
Paul Samuels

Skov was still on the board. I thought they could get him in the 7th, but again, none of us or the analysts is in the war room. That goes for all 32 teams. At the end of the day, does it really matter where you drafted a guy if you like him? There are so many factors that scouts look at that it is hard for anyone on the outside to judge. 

Eddy Lopez
Eddy Lopez

Idzik isn't joking around we are going to use all our 12 picks lmao. Mccarron anyone?

Cordell C
Cordell C

George seems slow would have rathered a guy who can cover some but I guess Pryor and Allen will help us with coverage over the middle would have preferred barrow

nagel100
nagel100

draft is a total crapshoot but I think the jets made a huge mistake by not taking Johnny Manziel.


i am not a Geno Smith fan at all.  Johnny Football will be a star.

bradysucks
bradysucks

The draft coverage on ESPN & NFL network is terrible today

These commentators really are terrible - they don't even talk about the guys getting drafted....They are joking around and focusing on gossip

Do your jobs at least

harold
harold

This was the BPA?  I like the draft overall just seems our value were off on some guys.

a57se
a57se

Rex supposedly told Tajh Boyd he'd find a way to draft him so......

a57se
a57se

@Paul Samuels  

Skov is even slower then the guy we picked and both of them are slower then Harris.......

bradysucks
bradysucks

Huge mistake not drafting Manziel

Nobody extends plays like that guy and creates more excitement

williamg1
williamg1

@nagel100  I'm not a Geno Smith fan. I'm an even bigger "not a Manziel" fan. 

jdb4
jdb4

@nagel100  

He would have crumbled in a big media market

a57se
a57se

@bradysucks  

You never watched the third day draft broadcasts before?

This is what they always do....

Bytor
Bytor

That's why those guys are in the war room and you're sitting behind a computer...:-)

bradysucks
bradysucks

They Are drafting on need....They have not gone gone BPA

I keep saying BPA is a myth - every team has a different draft board and the boads are usually based on need

The Jets draft guys Rex and Idzik likes.....

harold
harold

@a57se

Not slower than him anymore.  Harris is super slow-mo

mrblint
mrblint

@a57se @Paul SamuelsI believe he pulled his hammy getting that time... might be a bit skewed down. He ran a 4.66 in his pro day with a healed hammy.


NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

@Paul Samuels @Eddy Lopez 

" Remember the last Alabama QB that we drafted? He was a winner! "

Big fan of McElroy, huh?

nyjets95
nyjets95

I dont think Greg McElroy was a winner . lol

Eddy Lopez
Eddy Lopez

@bradysucks  Will see week one but 1st he has a task at hand, and that is winning the QB job.

bradysucks
bradysucks

Kind of like how he crumbled against Alabama ... Oh wait

I guess Alabama doesn't send any guys to the NFL.....oh wait

bradysucks
bradysucks

It is terrible... the 3rd day picks are the ones where fans want analysis

Just about everybody knows about the guys drafted on day 1 and they over analyze those guys to nauseating levels

Sad that BOTH ESPN and NFL Netwotk analysts don't even bother talking about the players on the 3rd day of the draft

bradysucks
bradysucks

Actually Rex and Idzik are in the war room because they were both BORN into the NFL as both of their daddy's were NFL coaches

Woody Johnson is in the war room because his daddy inherited several billion dollars....

Some people are literally born into opportunity

maynard
maynard

@bradysucks and you're sitting behind a computer because your's wasn't?  Give it a break, they got the foot in the door because they were born into football families, they got where they are because they worked hard and are good at their field. if you wanted to be them you could have worked hard, but you didn't so stop being green with envy and star being green as a Jet fan. Your constant negativity  and jealousy is a real downer

jenkins
jenkins

@bradysucks  In some situations, teams go BPA in 1st round or if a guy suddenly drops big-time.

harold
harold

@mrblint

I figured that.  But you can pick a better prospect and still have them play specials early in their career.

williamg1
williamg1

@harold  Listen, when the season ends, players take a couple weeks off, and then start lifting weights preparing for next season. A bicep injury is puts him behind the game. Its great he's throwing medicine balls, but lineman (and all other players) tend to rely on heavy movements (squats, dead lifts, cleans, snatches, etc..). All of those movements were off limits until very recently. So he didn't get a full offseason 


An aging vet with injury history needs as much strength training as possible.

mrblint
mrblint

@a57se @williamg1@haroldI think this guy was drafted for special teams - he is perfect size for that. Westhof - commented last year that he thought the Jets had neglected Special teams in the draft and FA fo the last few years. You have to think that they also got Jacoby ford just for that reason and maybe saunders - though I think he will line up as a receiver too.

harold
harold

@williamg1

Colon is already in the Jets off-season program.  He was throwing the medicine ball.  So he is already back training.   Not sure what you mean.

williamg1
williamg1

@harold  You don't think guard is a need? 

I think people are totally overestimating Colon's ability to get back to form after this injury. You tear a bicep, and you can forget about offseason weight lifting. You can't even free weight squat, let alone other football related power movements. 

And a vet that doesn't get a full offseason of training is a vet thats  susceptible to injury -- especially if you're Willie Colon. 

harold
harold

@williamg1 @a57se

This is no more a need than OLB, I would rate Chris Smith (conversion) and Jeffcoat above this guy by a wide margain.  I am just a fan.