Kyle Dugger

Lenoir-Rhyne
DB46

Prospect Info

College
Lenoir-Rhyne
Hometown
Class
Decatur, GA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
217 lbs
32 7/8”
Hands
10 3/8”

Prospect Grade

6.32
Will be starter within first two seasons
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.49
Seconds
 
Bench Press
17
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
42.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
134.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 

Playlist

Lenoir-Rhyne University has not had a player drafted since 2000, but NFL teams have been visiting the campus with interest due to Dugger's talents. The former All-County pick from Fayetteville, Georgia (in football and basketball) garnered second-team All-American and first-team All-South Atlantic honors as a defensive back (31 tackles, one for loss, two interceptions, four pass breakups) and punt return specialist (12 returns, 175 yards, 14.6 average, two touchdowns) despite starting only seven games due to a hand injury as a senior. He was a first-team All-South Atlantic Conference selection as a defensive back in 2018, recording 76 tackles, three interceptions, 10 pass breakups, three fumble recoveries, and two forced fumbles. Dugger was also a first-team pick as a return specialist, averaging 17.2 yards per punt return (31 returns, 534 yards) and scoring twice (also nine returns, 180 yards, 20.0 average on kick returns). SAC coaches voted him second-team all-conference in 2017 after he made 87 tackles, 4.5 for loss, an interception, and six pass breakups in 10 starts. He had to redshirt the fall of 2016 after suffering a season-ending injury in the opener. Dugger impressed Bears coaches during his redshirt season and they started him 10 times the following year (43 tackles, four interceptions, two pass breakups).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
NFL Comparison
Gerald Sensabaugh
Overview
It's rare to find a safety with elite size, speed, explosiveness and production at a Power 5 school and almost impossible to find one at a Division II school. Dugger crammed the stat sheet full and used those elite traits to dominate the opposition. At times, he seems bored with his level of competition, but his engagement can be instant and urgent when it needs to be. He plays with controlled violence and carries an alpha demeanor on the field. He has soft hands and is rangy, but needs to train his eyes and improve his fundamentals before he's coverage-ready. Dugger is a versatile, scheme-friendly safety who helps immediately on special teams and could develop into a talented NFL starter.
Strengths
  • Looked like a man among boys on tape
  • All the athletic gifts under the tree have his name on them
  • Rare combination of size, speed and explosiveness
  • Production galore in high-impact categories
  • Plays with instant twitch to pursue tackles or break on throws
  • Swoops down to snatch telegraphed passes
  • Bodies up to contest downfield throws
  • Can be vengeful striker or controlled, wrap-up tackler
  • Clear understanding of leverage in pursuit
  • Range for high safety and toughness to play in the box
  • Speed and angles to run the alley and derail or contain outside runs
  • Posted six career punt return touchdowns
Weaknesses
  • Must prove production carries over against better competition
  • Looked bored at times with idle motor from back-side
  • Inconsistent rush to fill downhill
  • Bound a little tightly in his hips
  • More reactive than instinctive
  • Needs to improve footwork fundamentals
  • Eyes get hung up on receivers over diagnosing QB's intentions
GRADE
8.0
The perfect prospect
7.3-7.5
Perennial All-Pro
7.0-7.1
Pro Bowl talent
6.7-6.8
Year 1 quality starter
6.5
Boom or bust prospect
6.3-6.4
Will be starter within first two seasons
6.1-6.2
Good backup who could become starter
6.0
Developmental traits-based prospect
5.8-5.9
Backup/special-teamer
5.5-5.6
Chance to make end of roster or practice squad
5.4
Priority free agent
5.0-5.1
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league