Detroit Lions 2015 NFL Draft Watch: Combine Preview – Juniors

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Nov 29, 2014; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles running back Dalvin Cook (4) runs the ball past Florida Gators defensive lineman Dante Fowler Jr. (6) and linebacker Antonio Morrison (3) during the game at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Dante Fowler Jr. #6, DE – Florida

Stand-out defensive end, Dante Fowler, Jr. was the first underclassman to declare for this year’s draft. The 6-3, 260 pound Fowler lead the team with 15 tackles for loss and eight and a half sacks. He also posted an impressive 60 tackles and 17 QB hurries to boot.

Fowler is versatile and often asked to switch between the right and left side, defensive tackle, and has even lined up at outside linebacker. A natural bender, Fowler utilizes leverage and strength to consistently set the edge and keep contain against the run. While he lacks the elite burst you like to see from a RDE prospect, he has good initial quickness for his size and utilizes violent hands and a powerful upper body to shed blocks and pressure the QB. Perhaps most impressive is the high level of intensity with which he plays the game – on tape Fowler makes plays all over the field. His excellent football character, high motor and ability to contribute in a variety of ways along the defensive line will make him a highly sought after player at the next level. The Lions would have to trade up to nab him in the draft.

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