2. Kyle Dugger, FS, Lenor-Rhyne
With the expectation the Cleveland Browns will draft an offensive tackle in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, Cleveland needs to fill its next biggest hole when they go on the clock at No. 41 by taking a safety.
Let’s preface this pick by stating, if Antoine Winfield Jr. is available, the son of the Buckeye legend who carries the same name should be the pick. That said, don’t count on Winfield being around.
So, let’s get acquainted with Kyle Dugger, a prospect who played for a college you’ve never heard of (Lenoir-Rhyne). Even though he played his college ball way off the radar, Dugger became very familiar in scouting circles and big things were expected of him during the the post-season all-star games. Dugger was invited to the Senior Bowl, however, he performed poorly.
Just as some doubted if Dugger was good enough to make the leap to the NFL, he arrived at the scouting combine, where he ran a 4.49 40-yard dash and produced a 42-inch vertical leap.
He turned around his downward trending stock, and now looks like a like to be taken somewhere in the second round.
Dugger boasts size, speed, swagger and oozes playmaker potential. As a fifth-year senior, the 23-year-old drew a 76.7 coverage grade from PFF. He allowed less than 35 percent of the passes thrown into his coverage area to be completed. He was also solid against the run, earning a 81.7 mark.
As a coverage player, PFF stated he’s a simliar player to other prospects such as LSU’s Grant Delpit and Minnesota’s Antoine Winfield, two players who will probably be off the board by the time the Browns pick at 41.