Tyrel Dodson

Texas A&M
LB14

Prospect Info

College
Texas A&M
Hometown
Class
TN
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
237 lbs
31 3/4”
Hands
9 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.19
Better-than-Average Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.6
Seconds
 
Bench Press
24
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
--
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
118.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
--
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

Playlist

Several SEC schools coveted Dodson, the 2015 Tennessee Class 5A Mr. Football (111 tackles, 32 for loss, 16 TD on offense). The Aggies landed him and played him in all 13 games his true freshman season (27 tackles, 1.5 for loss). Dodson led the team with 105 tackles as a sophomore, also filling the stat sheet as a 13-game starter with 11.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, three interceptions and six pass breakups. His production decreased during his junior campaign, as he recorded 70 tackles, seven for loss, one interception and three pass breakups in 13 starts for the Wrecking Crew.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-7
Overview
Inside linebacker prospect in either an odd or even front with the potential to compete at SAM in a 4-3. Dodson has good size and explosiveness but his stat-sheet production didn't always match actual on-field impact. He can diagnose and move quickly in the first phase, but struggles to adjust to blocks - either taking on or slipping - with consistency. He will need to improve his hands, tackling and zone awareness to become more than a traits-based special teamer with low-end backup potential.
Strengths
  • Excellent frame with well-built lower body and broad chest
  • Good pre-snap alignment
  • Eye-catching production as a sophomore in impact categories
  • Flashes explosiveness and twitch
  • Able to get downhill and under blocks before they develop
  • Adequate athleticism and speed
  • Hustles to pursuit angles with focused speed
  • Takes care of cutback contain in flowing to football
  • Quality short-area bursts
  • Has upper body power to play off blocks quickly
  • Offers above average special teams cover talent
Weaknesses
  • Needs to "feel" the run flow a little earlier
  • Can get bogged down by foot traffic
  • Runs with tight hips and lack of knee bend
  • Needs to play with charged-up hands in take-ons
  • Poor take-on technique loses the gap
  • Inconsistent coming to balance in open field
  • Hard-charging pursuit will overflow leverage
  • Leaves feet early rather than closing to strike
  • Too many shoulder tackle attempts
  • Slow response to zone cover duties
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