Paul Dawson is officially going to the NFL after being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 99th overall pick in the 3rd round. Dawson was the last pick of the round, and the final pick on the second day of the 2015 NFL Draft. Dawson will join up with another Former Frog, Andy Dalton, who will undoubtedly be a good mentor for Dawson.
Dawson recorded 136 tackles in his senior season with TCU, and was the only player with 100+ tackles, 5 sacks, and 4 interceptions on the season. TCU fans all expect Dawson to excel at the next level, but others may have question marks after a poor showing at the combine and some off the field concerns swirled around him this spring. All that swirling may have been key to Dawson dropping to the last pick of round 3, despite being projected by many to be a mid-to-late 2nd round pick.
However, Dawson, does not lack in self-confidence, and should be fine as the newest member of the Bengals.
Here's what our own Melissa Triebwasser had to say about Dawson in his NFL Draft Profile:
Dawson has the stats and the athleticism that the league looks for - extraordinarily flexible, he has incredibly fluid hip movement and exceptional agility, giving him the ability to juke blockers and run free to the backfield. He has good sideline to sideline speed, and despite his subpar 40 time, he plays faster in pads and has shown the ability to chase down running backs and run with wide receivers. The former wide receiver maintains the good feet of his former position, with good burst and great quick twitch, allowing him to change directions on a dime. He also has a great understanding of route running, which helps him in pass coverage, where opposing QBs complete less than 36% of passes against him, something almost unheard of for a linebacker in coverage.
Congrats, Dawson! Go Frogs, and Go Bengals!