Photo of Joe Dahl
Drafted By: Lions

Combine Results

Grade
5.52 ?
  • 5.18 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 28 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 109.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.64 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.77 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Detroit had their worst rushing offense since their 0-16 season, so Dahl's run blocking prowess and nasty demeanor is fitting. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'4" Height
  • 33 1/8" Arm Length
  • 304LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/8" Hands

Overview

After spending one year at the University of Montana and another sitting out as a transfer student, Dahl stepped into the starting lineup for the Cougars and hasn't left. He was the team’s left guard for the 2013 regular season before moving out to left tackle for the bowl game –- his home for the past two seasons. It’s no surprise head coach/offensive mad genius Mike Leach can pass 50 times a game with minimal pressure given Dahl's ability to lock down the quarterback’s blind side with good lateral movement and a solid anchor. Despite earning first-team All-Pac-12 and USA Today second-team All-American accolades at left tackle in 2015, NFL scouts will want Dahl moved inside at the next level due to his average size and length. Either way, he’ll be a worthy pick as a potential starter.

Analysis

Strengths

Has started at guard and tackle and could be considered emergency tackle in a pinch. Decent flexibility in his lower half. Uses wide base as run blocker. Despite playing in pass-happy offense, shows ability to fire out with pop into defender and get some initial push as drive blocker. Good grip to maintain his initial block. Has hand quickness to move inside. Does a nice job of shifting weight to challenge inside moves. Coaches rave about his work habits and ability to retain information. Added weight and then muscle to his frame over last two years. Works his tail off to recover when beaten in pass protection. Constantly looking for work and will cave in pass rusher engaged with his teammate.

Weaknesses

Feet are a little bit heavy and he can be a little plodding when asked to block in space. Doesn't possess second level quickness to consistently get to cut­off blocks. Sluggish change of direction may turn his near misses into sacks and tackles for losses against NFL athletes. Arm length is below average so he will need more core strength to drop anchor and take a stand. Uses crab-­hand punch with hands outside the frame allowing forward leaning bull rushers to push the pocket. As game progresses, shows some waist-­bending tendencies.

Draft Projection

Round 4

Sources Tell Us

"Stud! Really tough. Played through injuries which put some shaky tape out there but if you watch him when he's healthy there ain't no doubt what he's going to do in the pros." -- Pac-12 scout

NFL Comparison

T.J. Lang

Bottom Line

Average athlete, but a good football player. Dahl fights through his limitations using determination and toughness. He will have to make a move inside and needs to continue to hit the training table and weight room to add even more mass to his frame. Dahl has potential as a drive blocking guard but needs to play with better hand placement to maximize results. Dahl projects as an eventual starting guard.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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