#33 Dante Olson
WT: 237 lbs
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Cascade Christian (Medford, OR)
Accolades: Shrine Bowl. 2019 1st Team All-American (FCS).
Scouting Report: LB Dante Olson, Montana
Speed/Athleticism: While Dante Olson doesn’t have straight-line speed and will not wow anyone with his forty times, he’s quick and instinctive. Footwork is a little bit clumsy and slow, but that is something that he can improve over time with work. Great athlete, has good burst and explosion and incredible hops. Legs appear to be the strongest part of his body. 11/20.
Strength/Power: Not the strongest of linebackers, but he’s a physical player who knows how to use his strengths. Olson has excellent leg power which he uses to drive through people with his tackling form. Not strong enough to shake free from many pass blocks. 8/15.
Technique and Mechanics
Tackling/Pursuit: Excellent form tackler, shows great strength and power. Lives for contact. Punishing tackler. His pursuit angles could be better, as oftentimes he under pursues when the play stretches outside. Overall, this is the strongest part of his game. 18/20.
Coverage Ability: Olson shows the ability to be a strong zone coverage linebacker because of his football IQ and his instincts. Not the most disciplined player to his assignments, but his instincts make up for that. Montana oftentimes placed him in man coverage against the slot receiver. I don’t believe that will hold up in the NFL, but Olson can be used against running backs and tight ends in the league. His size will minimize mismatch opportunities. 13/20.
Pass Rush Ability: Olson was an impact pass rusher at the FCS level, but I do not see his abilities transitioning over to the NFL. Often mistimes his blitz, and is engaged by offensive linemen. Doesn’t have the strength or power to shake free from blocks while pass rushing. 4/10.
Football IQ/Instincts: Olson displays a football IQ that is through the roof. His ability to read plays and move instinctively into a play is incredible, and NFL teams will certainly find intrigue in that. He always seems to be moving into a position to make great plays. 8/10.
Leadership/Personality: Very good personality, overall did well at the Combine handling teams and media. A natural leader in the locker room, Olson shows an incredible locker room presence. 5/5.
Even when Montana played FBS schools, Dante Olson looked like the best defender on the field. His athleticism and tackling ability will carry over to the next level, and we will get an opportunity to see just how much when Olson takes the field for the Shrine Bowl. Olson has the skillset the NFL is looking for, the next question is how quickly will he be able to be an impact player on the field.
Injury Rating: (+2)
Ceiling Rating: (2)