*Dante Fowler- OLB/DE FLA

6-3, 264, 33 3/4" Arms, 19 Reps,

(O 4.6)! 32.5" Vert! 9'4" Broad,

S-1.59! 4.32 SS, 7.4 3-Cone,  

Put On Your Wrecking Ball.

By TOM

Fowler is a big brutal rusher, who hurts quarterbacks. He hits like a wrecking ball. He is a quick twitch and fast rusher that has that knack for slamming into the QB at full speed. He is relentless going after the QB. He beats up O-linemen, and takes a beating from O-linemen, but keeps on coming. It is amazing how much attention offence give him on every play. Nice job setting the edge against the double team. He has a great inside Swim on the OG when he bursts inside and the ORT switches him off.

He will also stand up in front of the OG and rush up the gut. He is a great hitter. He really tackles through players, especially QBs. He does a nice job following the QB down the line on roll outs, and can work his way through three blockers to take him down. He is one of my favorite players in this draft, guys his size just shouldn’t move as fast as he does, but I don’t trust his eyes. He is inconsistent seeing it. Of course when he does see it there is no better player in college. And he was see it better this season, and at the end of the season.

He will line up at 5-Tech to rush the QB. He will stand up and put a hand down, and switch sides. Though he does tend to stand up on the left, and put a hand down on the right side. He consistently shows why a hybrid defense like Jacksonville loves him so much. I have no doubt that he is number two on their board. I still just can't understand how they could pass on Williams, even for and elite Leo like Fowler.

He needs to learn to use his hands more consistently. He gets trapped by blockers a little too much. He gets stuck on one play, and then rocks the ORT with his thundering hands on the next. He has some of the strongest hands in the Draft, and can punch like a wrecking ball. When he gets his hands outside the shoulder pads of an O-Tackle and claps the vise grips on, he can completely control his shoulders and power off the O-Tackle, who has 50-pounds on him, to either side with unnatural strength.

His biggest concern is consistency. He will make the biggest impact play of the game, and then you won't see him again for a long while. He doesn't have the best eyes and can misread plays sometimes. But he is also a smart guy who sets up and directs the defense. So I question his instincts a little sometimes.

He will line up like an ILB. He gets outside on screens as quick as anyone. He has such a nice inside Rip move that makes QBs panic. He can set the edge with one hand, and then shove the blocker up field as he turns down field to get the RB. When his hands and feet are working together he is the best edge guy in this Draft.  

He will put one hand down in the dirt and rush, but he also likes to put two hands down sometimes. I like him best as an OLB, but I do think he has a better burst with his hand down as a D-End. He has the speed that makes ORT want to cry, but what makes him really special is that when he hits QB he destroys them. He hits QBs harder than any of the other edgerushers in this draft. What makes him so valuable to 3-4 teams is that he can line up inside, and not just as a rusher. He can drop into coverage as well. 

When he sees the RB waiting to chip him outside the OLT, he has a great inside club move. Then he jolts himself a lane to the QB. And then he stopped? He has such elite physical skills and passrush moves, but seems to lack something sometimes. He has such a quick Ole Move. He jams his hands on the back, zips inside, and throws the ORT behind him like a matador. Beautiful. The athletic agility, size, speed, power, and quickness he possesses has to make him the most athletic passrusher. Not the best, but the most stunning athlete at the DE/OLB/PR position. He has learned to use his hands so much better this season.

He has to be the top athlete at OLB/DE. He just does things that other human can’t do. He ran past the ORT, and club his way past him. The ORT fell down and pulled his shirt so he was bent in half. He put his hands on the ground and stayed on his feet, as the 300-pound ORG jumped on top of him. He turned the corner into the QB, who was throwing the ball, and almost grabbed him crab-walking and spinning the ORG off his back. It was simply incredible. 

Fowler's 1.59 10-yard Split was phenomenal. I still question his instincts, but he clearly improved in all football areas last season. He wasn't allowed to just burst up field every play. Something he has to be allowed to do more  in the NFL. This guy has it all, but doesn’t always use it. I like how he uses his hands sometimes. Nice Rip around the quarter. Great at putting speed to power. Nice strong hands in push-pull. He is so quick in the open field it is amazing. That is why I love him as a 3-4 OLB. He is awesome out in space when he can see it and read it. I like the comparison with Justin Houston. He is so light on his feet when moving backwards. Heavy hands. He was killing the bag in the a squat drill. Got nice and low as well. He worked out with the tweeners at Combine.

Fowler is a great athlete. He might be the best athlete of the passrushers. But he doesn't always look like he has that knack for hitting the quarterback. He plays more like Dion Jordan or Khalil Mack. He'll drop five straight times in coverage, and then rush. He still has some inconsistencies, but he should be a player that gets better as he gets older. Because physically he has the freak factor. He might be the top physical freak OLB/DE in this Draft. You have to love how he moves on the field, and that is so impressive when you see that he is listed at over 260.

Missouri: They were lining him up like an ILB against Missouri, and he was causing problems blitzing up the gut. He has some crazy in him, which you need to be a great linebacker. When he uses his hands and feet together in balance he is a top five player in this Draft. He is the proverbial splash player. He doesn’t always make the consistent play, and disappears in games, and gets to with in a foot of ball-career consistently without touching him. Then the makes the amazing game-impacting TFL or Sack. 

TennesseeThey will put him in the slot sometimes, and when the WR motions to the other side he will stay in the zone. Tenn ran a RB to his side, and he destroyed him with a tackle from the side that the RB never saw him coming. It was a huge hit. Then sacked the QB on the next play and forced a fumble that lead to FLA's first score of the game in the 4th quarter. They finally scored a TD to make it 7 to 9 and get them within a FG of a win. It was all sparked by Fowlers vicious hit on the RB that caused a little rumble. They put him out in the Slot to cover in the late 3rd and 4th, and has such a great chuck with his shoulder pads that just stones receivers to a dead stop. He looked like he was getting the ball career more consistently against Tenn.

LSU: When he uses his hands and feet together with his eyes, he can look unblockable. He is a force stunting inside. I'm not sure I have ever sees a 260 pound guy stunt inside as fast as he does. He can get up field on run downs, and can jam the ORT back 5-Yards. He will struggle to get the ball carrier after, but it allows a lot of guys to run in behind him. When he uses his hands and feet together with his eyes, he can look unblockable. He is a force stunting inside. I'm not sure I have ever sees a 260 pound guy stunt inside as fast as he does. He does get up field on run downs, and can jam the ORT back 5-Yards. He will struggle to get the ball carrier after, but it allows a lot of guys to run in behind him.

South Carolina: He got so much better with his eyes from the beginning of the season. His smarts and instincts are right on target. With his speed, quickness, power, and moves, how does he not get 5 Sacks a game? He drops into coverage a lot. He is terrific protecting the edge on the Toss. When he is out in space and can just rely on his athleticism, he is a beast. He can read the sweep, and shuffle all the way to the sideline and catch the RB at the LOS. He has some mean in him as well. He can make the ORT jump off sides just by switching sides and lining up in front of him.

FLA ST: He got his first Sack of the game by clubbing his way past the OLT without slowing down. Turned the corner, and the QB stepped up, and he had to essentially turn again and he leaped at the QB and grabbed his legs. He has such a great club move it is scary. He ran a stunt to the inside, and clubbed the OG in the shoulder pad. You could hear it through the microphones, and he moved his feet inside of him using his hands and feet perfectly. The combo catapulted him inside the OG and freed a lane to the QB. He is so scary good sometimes.

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Dante Fowler Vs Tennessee:

Here he is as a D-End. He doesn't explode up field, but maintains his discipline on the backside. The RB slices into him on a Counter, and he crushes him. He really hits harder than all the other edge guys (:01). He lines up as a Sam in a 3-3 Nickel, and sneaks up to the Line to rush (:14). This is really what separates him from the rest. He is a great hitter. When he gets his 265 pound body moving up field with his great speed and force, he rams into the QB or RB and destroys them. He forces the fumble and then goes and gets it.

Watch this burst past the ORT and into the RB. When he isn't blocked and is able to explode up field, he causes more fumbles than any other of the edgerushers because of his elite impact ability. He spins the RB around in the air like a video game (:36). You can really see how hard he impacts the ball carrier. That is his best trait (:58). You have to remember that is a 265-pound man moving like that. Watch the speed that he runs into the RB with, after you have seen it in slow motion. 

He lines up a D-End. You get a great look at his suddenness bursting up field as a D-End. I think he has a better initial burst at D-End. Maybe he would make a perfect Leo for the Jaguars. Although he doesn't always read it right. But that is what the Option is designed to do, make the D-End look silly (1:07). He puts speed to power, but gets wedged by the inside rusher (1:18). He will struggle to use his hands to disengage sometimes. He over relies on the burst and speed his elite legs give him.

Then he shows the power and the heaviness in his hands. He gets his hands into the OLT's pads, and shakes him like a leaf, sheds him, and gets a strip sack (1:26). Watch him use his hands to jolt the OLT forwards and backwards with amazing strength. Then he holds the OLT off with his outside hand, and leaps onto the QB and punches out the ball (1:47). That is such an incredible blend of power, strength, burst, and smarts. 

This is his normal position. He mostly lines up as a 3-4 OLB on the strongside. He puts speed to power here to get the inside shoulder of the ORT, and somehow fights his way through him to the RB. Sometimes I don't know how he does what he does (2:12). His ability to grab and control the shoulders of an O-Tackle with his hands and toss him aside is awesome. 

3rd and long, He feints outside, and then burst inside, but gets stuffed by the double. Yet he somehow still is able to climb over the OG to the QB. He just keeps doing things that I don't understand on the field (2:22). Then he stands up on the other side. He keeps combining pure greatness with mistakes. He slices past the OLT with a great burst, and runs past the RB (2:34). Watch this great burst, and how he dips his inside shoulder to make the OLT miss. I don't know how he did that (2:43). Here he is lined up as a 5-Tech in a 3-3 Nickel (3:03). Nobody hits the QB harder than this guy. He explodes up field past the ORT who can barely touch him. Then he bursts into the QB at full speed with his 265-pound body. And knocks him 4-Yards straight backwards. That is the best hit I've seen on a QB in college since Hightower against Purdue.

5-tech in their 3-4. This is awesome. He shuffles inside like Dominique Easley, and blows up the OG on the other side. When he uses his elite burst up field and doesn't think, he can be a wrecking ball. But this is most consistent he has been a wrecking ball in a game that I saw (3:14). He uses his burst to get the outside shoulder of the ORT and powers him back nicely (3:39). He just blasts off the snap like a rocket (3:48). But he doesn't have elite technique with his hands. He has great power and strength in his hands, but really isn't a great hand fighter.

He lines up like a 5-Tech again. He shows some speed to power on the OG, but can't uses his hands to shed when he gets the advantage (3:56). Now down at D-End on the blindside. He is really showing why 3-4 hybrid teams like the Jags like him so much (4:12). Watch him use his hands to slap off the OLT and get outside, and up field to set the edge. He forces the RB back inside. That was a good sign that he can use his hands better then we've seen.

Suddenly great, and frustratingly sad (4:23). He gets a good burst. Then grabs the OLT's arms, and pulls himself past him. Anytime he uses his hands well it is important to note (4:35). Lines up as an inside rusher again, and gets some nice push (5:02). Okay, that's all folks.

Fowler Vs Tenn:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmAd7XrXXbE

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Fowlers' Official Stats:

2014: Declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season…Named a Second Team All-American by Sporting News and Walter Camp and a Fourth Team All-American by Phil Steele…Earned Honorable Mention All-America honors from Sports Illustrated…Selected to the All-SEC First Team by the leagues’ coaches, ESPN.com and Phil Steele…Voted the Defensive MVP and Ray Graves Award winner (Overall Team MVP), and was selected a season captain by his teammates…Finished fourth on the team with 60 total tackles and led the team with 15.0 tackles-for-loss and 8.5 sacks…Also had a team-leading 17 quarterback hurries…Set a career-high with 3.0 sacks in his final collegiate game against East Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl victory…Posted a career-high 11 tackles against LSU…

2013: Named to the All-SEC Second Team by the media…Selected to the College Football News All-Sophomore team…Named the Athlon Sports National Defensive Player of the Week and the SEC Defensive Player of the Week following the Tennessee game, in which he had three tackles-for-loss, one sack, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery…Named to the Phil Steele Midseason All-SEC First Team…Fifth on the team in total tackles, leading all defensive linemen…Led the team with 10.5 tackles-for-loss and ranked second with 3.5 sacks…Named a captain for the Missouri and Georgia Southern games…

2012: Saw action in all 13 games, making his first start against Missouri…Named First-Team SEC Coaches’ All-Freshman (DL), CBSSports.com Freshman All-America and Second Team All-Freshman by Scout.com, Phil Steele and FoxSportsNext.com…Registered a TFL in four of the last five games of the season (Missouri, Louisiana, Jacksonville State and Louisville)…Second-leading tackler among freshmen.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA:

A five-star prospect ranked as the No. 3 weakside defensive end and No. 28 recruit overall by Rivals.com…Was the No. 5 prospect in the state of Florida according to Rivals.com…Ranked in the Rivals100 national list (No. 28), as well as the ESPN 150 national list (No. 71)…Named an Honorable Mention All-American by Sports Illustrated…Competed in the 2012 Under Armour All-American Game…Helped Lakewood to a 7-4 record as a senior…Chose Florida over Florida State, Southern Cal, Auburn, Georgia, LSU and Ohio State among others…Coached by Cory Moore.

FOWLER’S CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 11 (LSU, 2014)

QB Sacks: 3.0 (ECU, 2014)

Forced Fumbles: 2 (Tennessee, 2013)

Fumble Recoveries: 1 (Tennessee, 2013)

 

2012 (13 GP/1 GS*)

Defensive Stats

OPPONENT

U

A

T

TFL

SK

INT

PB

FR

FF

BGSU - 9/1

2

1

3

0.5

0

0

0

0

0

at TAMU - 9/8

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

at #23 Tenn - 9/15

1

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

Kty - 9/22

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

#4 LSU - 10/6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

at Vandy - 10/13

0

3

3

0.5

0

0

0

0

0

#9 SC - 10/20

1

1

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

vs. #12 UGA - 10/27

2

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

*Mizzou - 11/3

3

2

5

2

1

0

0

0

0

Louisiana - 11/10

1

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

Jack St - 11/17

1

2

3

0.5

0.5

0

0

0

0

at #10 FSU - 11/24

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

#21 Louisville 1/2/13

2

1

3

1.5

0

0

0

0

0

2012 Totals

13

17

30

8

2.5

0

0

0

0

2013 (12 GP/12 GS*)

Defensive Stats

OPPONENT

U

A

T

TFL

SK

INT

PB

FR

FF

*Toledo - 8/31

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

*at #24 Miami - 9/7

3

0

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

*Tenn - 9/21

3

0

3

3

1

0

0

1

2

*at Kty - 9/28

2

3

5

2

2

0

0

0

0

*Ark - 10/5

3

1

4

1

0

0

0

0

0

*at #10 LSU - 10/12

0

5

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

*at #14 Mizzou - 10/19

4

1

5

1

0

0

0

0

1

*vs. UGA - 11/2

4

2

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

*Vandy - 11/9

0

2

2

0.5

0.5

0

0

0

0

*at SC - 11/16

3

1

4

0

0

0

1

0

0

*GS - 11/23

5

3

8

2

0

0

0

0

0

*#2 FSU - 11/30

2

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

2013 Totals

31

19

50

10.5

3.5

0

1

1

3

2014 (12 GP/12 GS*)

Defensive Stats

OPPONENT

U

A

T

TFL

SK

INT

PB

FR

FF

*E.Mich - 9/6

0

3

3

0.5

0

0

0

0

0

*Kentucky - 9/13

3

3

6

2

1

0

0

0

1

*at Bama - 9/20

1

3

4

0.5

0

0

0

1

0

*at Tenn - 10/4

4

2

6

1

0.5

0

0

0

0

*LSU - 10/11

4

7

11

1

1

0

0

0

0

*Missouri - 10/18

2

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

*vs. UGA - 11/1

4

2

6

2.5

1

0

0

0

0

*at Vandy - 11/8

1

2

3

0.5

0

0

0

0

1

*SC - 11/15

1

5

6

2

1

0

0

0

0

*E.Kty - 11/22

2

2

4

1

0

0

1

0

0

*at FSU - 11/29

4

0

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

*vs. ECU - 1/3

3

0

3

3

3

0

0

0

0

2014 Totals

29

31

60

15

8.5

0

1

1

2

Career Totals

U

A

T

TFL

SK

INT

PB

FR

FF

37 GP/25 GS

73

67

140

34

14.5

0

2

2

5

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