3. Kyle Dugger, S, Lenior-Rhyne
Every year we hear about a Division II standout that everyone has their eyes on during the Senior Bowl and NFL draft.
This year there is no exception thanks in part to Safety Kyle Dugger. The 6-foot-2, 217 lbs. safety has been trending upwards on draft boards due to his Senior Bowl performance.
Dugger has unique versatility and physical attributes in which he has speed, strength, and athleticism. His Division II film pops off the charts because he looks so much faster and stronger than everyone on the field.
This is a concern for many because he did not play Division I football, but once he arrived at the Senior Bowl, he shut down any of the doubters.
Dugger is perceived as more of a strong safety or linebacker that needs to be playing around the box. He is tricky to evaluate because he can play both positions, but one thing is for sure, he needs to be on the football field making plays.
The reports are Dugger runs a 4.41 40-yard dash with a 10-foot, 11-inch broad jump. According to Chase GoodBread, who covers draft prospects for NFL.com.
Dugger plays with a certain type of physicality and is an explosive hitter who has bad intentions anytime he is near the football. The physical nature and tackling instincts that he plays with are the biggest strengths to his game.
The one thing that jumped out most during Dugger’s time at the Senior Bowl was his ability to cover in space. He displayed range, quick footwork and the ability to recover.
Don’t write Dugger off just yet as being a potential all-around complete safety, but I can still see teams transitioning him to linebacker. Outside of those two positions, Kyle Dugger is also a dynamic punt returner, who has had multiple punt returns for touchdowns throughout his career.