Photo of Dylan Donahue
Drafted By: Jets

Combine Results

Grade
5.2 ?
  • 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

Draft Analysis:

Linebacker was a need for the Jets entering the draft and Donahue adds depth to there. Todd Bowles will appreciate his scheme versatility with the variety of packages he employs on defense. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'3" Height
  • 30 1/4" Arm Length
  • 248LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands

Overview

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.

Analysis

Strengths

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.

Weaknesses

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.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5-6

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
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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