Photo of K.J. Dillon
Drafted By: Texans

Combine Results

Grade
5.24 ?
  • 4.53 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 121.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Overshadowed by Karl Joseph most of his career, Dillon offers a similar skill set as he shows the range in coverage and striking ability in the box to create some competition on the defensive back depth chart. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'0" Height
  • 31 5/8" Arm Length
  • 210LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Overview

Dillon stepped up his game in his senior year after teammate Karl Joseph went down to injury. He finished with 55 tackles, 7.5 for loss, two interceptions and eight pass break-ups, garnering second team All-Big 12 accolades. Dillon went through the typical ascension through his career in Morgantown, playing on special teams and as a reserve safety as a true freshman (20 tackles, forced fumble) before becoming a part-time starter in 2013 (28 tackles, three for loss, team-leading six pass breakups). He only played in nine games that year, however, because a case of severe dehydration suffered in November landed him first in the hospital and then on the sideline for the remainder of the season. Dillon came back with a vengeance as a junior, though, starting 12 games, making 62 tackles, and tying for the team lead with three interceptions and seven pass breakups.


Pro Day Results


Vertical: 28 inches
Short shuttle: 4.43 seconds
3-cone: 7.27 seconds

Analysis

Strengths

Angular with good overall length. Makes attacking the catch point a priority. Has had 20 passes defensed and five interceptions over the last two seasons. Shows an ability to play high or low. Reads his keys and fires downhill to support. Good athleticism. Shows some man cover ability from the slot. Responsive to receivers who try and cross his face in zone. Plays with reactive athleticism and burst to click and close on throws. Involved tackler from near the box.

Weaknesses

His "turn and run" speed takes time to ramp up from man coverage. Mechanical and stiff in his backpedal. Holds when he thinks he’s beaten. Catch and drag tackler around the box with limited high-impact production as tackler. Doesn't run through his tackles and can be taken for a ride by running backs. Too many missed tackles when coming downhill without enough body control.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6 or 7

Bottom Line

Athletic safety who flashes enough ability high and low to believe that he won’t be pigeon­holed as one type of safety or another. Dillon has the athleticism and ball skills to help in man coverage and enough awareness from the high safety spot to handle his duties. Dillon has allowed entirely too many missed or broken tackles over the last couple of seasons, but that can be improved with more muscle on his frame and a more technique-­driven approach. Intriguing prospect with developmental traits.
-Lance Zierlein
C
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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