Photo of Hunter Dimick
Grade
5.18 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'3" Height
  • 269LBS. Weight

Overview

Dimick led the state of Utah in sacks as a high school junior and senior, so it's no surprise he's managed to chase quarterbacks in the Pac-12, as well. He started four games as a redshirt freshman and was credited with two sacks among his 30 tackles. Dimick stood up in 2014, earning honorable mention notice with 52 tackles, 14.5 for loss and ten sacks even though he missed two games due to injury. He injured his shoulder in 2015, missing six games (14 tackles, seven TFL, three sacks in seven games) but bounced back with a huge senior year. Dimick finished third in the country with 14.5 sacks, and among the national leaders with 20 tackles for loss. He was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection for his efforts.

Analysis

Strengths

Produced at a high level over his last three seasons. Has power that allows him to drop anchor and set a strong edge. Held his own at point of attack against USC's Zach Banner who outweighed Dimick by about 90 pounds. Plays with good balance and maintains body control throughout the rep allowing for functional change of direction. Possesses a quick spin move to disengage from blocks. Gets into defender's frame early with his hands. Keeps his engine running throughout the play. Won't quit on the play if initial rush gets stalled. Uses choppy, active feet to juke and dart to the blocker's edge when he can. Does a good job of stuffing cut attempts while keeping his eyes in the backfield. Extremely intelligent with an ability to operate in more complicated schemes.

Weaknesses

Has physical deficiencies that will be a turn-off to most teams. Barrel-chested with thin, smooth calves. Arm length measured at sub 30 inches this spring, which is exceptionally short. Hips are wound too tightly to get out of the starter's blocks with much juice. Short-stepper up the pass rush arc. Tackles have time to meet him at the edge. Face-up rusher who is unable to flip hips around the edge and has to rely on a full body turn. Not a natural bender. Pad level will rise too tall when he's on the move. Lacks agility and lateral quickness to avoid being reached by blockers. Won't be a dynamic stack-and-shed playmaker at the point of attack on next level.

Draft Projection

Round 7-PFA

Sources Tell Us

"He's more try-hard than talented. His effort is great. I love how hard he plays, but when you are as sawed-off as he is on the edge and you can't unlock your hips, I don't know how he is going to see the field." - NFC west coast scout

Bottom Line

Dimick's sack production is quite impressive, but the question becomes whether or not those numbers are translatable on the next level. He has the power to hold up at the point of attack, but his lack of length will be a big issue against NFL tackles as a rusher. Dimick has a terrific motor and impressive body control, but his best fit could be as a backup strong-side 3-4 outside linebacker who can stand and thump on tight ends as an early-down player.
-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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