Dozier is a 6-foot-4, 313 pound first-team AP FCS All-American who started in all 14 games during the 2013 season. He was also unanimously named to the All-Southern Conference first team in both the 2013 and 2012 seasons. Dozier spent most of his college career playing at left tackle, but spent time practicing at guard and played at the position late in the 2013 season.
Scouts have pointed out that Dozier has ideal size and a strong base, but they also point out that he does not have clean footwork. CBSSports.com's draft profile projected that Dozier would be selected in either the third or fourth round.This seems to be another popular pick among the fanbase and looks like pretty good value at the end of the fourth round. Dozier's main attribute is his strength and it sounds like he has the kind of nasty streak fans always enjoy.
I wrote a few days ago that how early the Jets address the offensive line position in the draft would give us an insight into how they feel about the likes of Oday Aboushi, Will Campbell and Ben Ijalana, who will all compete for a roster spot this summer. However, they picked a guy right in the middle of the draft, so that doesn't really give us a definitive answer.
Brian Winters struggled badly in his first season as a starter, so some people were hoping the Jets would draft somebody who could compete with him for a starting role. I'm not sure whether we should be expecting that for Dozier though, because - like Winters - he was a tackle in college who will be moving to guard, so we can expect a steep learning curve. He certainly projects to a potential future starter though, so with Willie Colon into his thirties and only on a one year deal, could Dozier and Winters be the starters in 2015?While he played on the edge at Furman, like last year's Brian Winters, Dozier will project to the NFL at guard. Dozier is an athletic guard prospect who seems best suited to a zone-blocking scheme, or at least one which will put him in motion over playing in a phone booth. Due to playing at a small school, Dozier will benefit from a full year's worth of an NFL conditioning program but the bottom line is that he is a prospect with legitimate potential to start in the NFL if put in the right situation.
So will the situation be right for Dozier with the Jets? Last year the Jets kept draftees Oday Aboushi and Will Campbell in addition to "mini-draft" pickup Ben Ijalana on the Jets active roster but as game-day inactives for all 16 games. John Idzik deliberately shelved those three players to avoid their exposure to the waiver process. Now, the Jets have found another Brian Winters type player -- an athletic small school prospect who has NFL starter potential -- what does this mean for those players?
It means that after getting a hall pass in 2013, Aboushi, Campbell and Ijalana will be fully part of the roster competition to which John Idzik is dedicated. There's no way that the Jets could afford to carry nine offensive linemen on their 53-man roster come final cutdowns. Someone's going to go ... but whom?