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5.9 ?
  • 4.75 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 26 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 29.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 116.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.02 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.46 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 30 1/4" Arm Length
  • 248LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands


Dylan is the son of Mitch Donahue, who was the WAC Defensive Player of the Year in 1989 and 1990 for Wyoming and went on to play four years in the NFL. Donahue wears the same number 49 jersey as his dad. He ended up going the junior college route coming out of high school in Billings, Montana (where his dad owns a roofing company). He racked up 19 sacks in two years at Palomar College before heading to UWG for the 2015 season. Donahue impressed Wolves coaches enough to get on the field right away, and he received second-team Associated Press Little All-American team honors that season (52 tackles, 17.5 for loss, 12 sacks). He was the Gulf South Defensive Player of the Year in 2016, along with multiple All-American honors, after setting the conference record with 13.5 sacks (67 tackles, 20 for loss). He was also a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award as the best lineman in Division II.



His footwork and lateral quickness puts him in position to go make a play. Uses slaps and chops to batter a tackle's punch and gain advantage on the edge. Comes off snap low and with good burst. Has flexible hips and good overall bend in lower half to unleash a more dynamic pass rush attack. Relentless forward charge that leads to second effort sacks and tackles. Pursuit continues down the field. Finds ball quickly and works to shed and tackle on time. Has range and athletic traits to transition to outside linebacker spot quickly. Posted monster production at West Georgia against run and pass. Comes from NFL bloodlines.


Undersized and lacks NFL length. Short arms will always be a concern against tackles and tight ends with quick hands who can get into his frame first. Will struggle to take a stand and set a strong edge against NFL power. Hand usage is somewhat basic. Needs to work towards a Masters degree in hand fighting to counter his poor arm length. Has to rely on motor over power and skill to win second half of the rep. Face-up rusher who lacks desired speed-to-power element. Needs to add competent counter rush move.

NFL Comparison

Nick Vigil

Bottom Line

Donahue is a productive but undersized outside linebacker who lacks the desired length and strength at the point of attack that teams typically look for on the edge. Donahue has some explosive movement and lateral agility that could help him translate into a 4-3 defense with rush potential in sub-packages. His athleticism should serve him well on special teams and his ability to make impactful plays could land him on a roster.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.