Michael Dickson

Texas
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Prospect Info

College
Texas
Hometown
Class
Sydney, Australia
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
208 lbs
31 1/4”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.70
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Seattle
Seahawks
Round 5 ‧ Pick 12
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Dickson is yet another Aussie (from Sydney) that translated his Australian Rules Football experience into a successful college football career. In fact, he won the Ray Guy Award and unanimous All-American honors for his work in 2017, ranking third in the nation in gross average (47.4) and leading the country in net average (44.2). He forced fair catches on 33 of his 84 kicks this year, and placed 42 punts inside the 20 yard-line. Dickson was a first-team All-Big 12 pick and the conference's Special Teams Player of the Year in 2017, repeating the honors he achieved as a sophomore. The 2016 third-team Associated Press All-American averaged 47.4 yards per punt that year, as well, with 28 fair catches, 20 inside the 20, nine touchbacks on 65 punts. Dickson was the Longhorns' punter in his first year on campus, as well, averaging 41.3 per punt, forcing 32 fair catches, and placing 19 kicks inside the 20.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 3-4
NFL Comparison
Brad Wing
Overview
Dickson is the rare punter with good size, hands, touch, and power who is able to dig his team out of their own end zone and stick his opponents close to theirs. Over the last ten years, just one punter (Bryan Anger in 2012 to Jaguars) was taken inside the first three rounds but Dickson could be that guy this year.
Strengths
  • Good size with great leg
  • Extremely confident
  • Half of his 2017 punts ended up inside the opponents 20
  • His average of 47.4 was second in the FBS
  • Posted career average of 45.3 per punt
  • His flip-flop tool to deaded punts is elite
  • Puts english on the ball like a pool hustler
  • Forced Missouri to live inside their own 20 in the Texas Bowl with seven punts inside the 10-yard line and four of those inside the five-yard line
  • Gives very few return opportunities to opponents
Weaknesses
  • Punter only with no kickoff experience or value
  • Hasn't been severely tested by the elements
  • Still has room to improve his hang time
  • May have to temper enthusiasm to park opponents as close to their own goal line as he can and take a few less touchbacks
Sources Tell Us

"I don't get excited about punters, but I love this guy. It's not a stretch that Texas could produce the best kicker (Justin Tucker) and punter in the league at the same time." -- NFC team regional scout

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league