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12 Jul 2020

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Dante Fowler Jr. Scouting Report

Sep 15, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive end Dante Fowler (56) pressures New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) during the 3rd quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

BIO:

5th year veteran who has played in 63 games with Jacksonville and the Rams, starting 1 in Jax, and 20 with the Rams. Missed his entire 2015 rookie season after suffering a torn ACL in minicamp. Since, his snap counts and games played have varied tremendously until he found some continuity in Wade Phillips’ defense. In Jacksonville, Fowler bounced back from his ACL injury with a solid, 8 sack season while playing less than 50% of the team’s snaps. Between 2016 and present day, Fowler struggled, playing just 16% of the defensive snaps with 2 sacks in Jax before being traded to Los Angeles. In 2019, Fowler played in all 16 games, totaling 11.5 sacks and 2 FF while playing 80% of the team’s defensive snaps. Again, another mid-20’s, high performer in the last year of their deal looking for big money who may have played themselves out of their current team’s cap situation.

 PROS:

He has good height and weight for the position, good arm length and good hand size with solid, well-balanced build. Good AA; shows good explosive and suddenness off the LOS. Very good quickness off the LOS, good acceleration and keeps his balance upon initial contact and very good bend around the EDGE. Fluid hips to plant his foot full-speed and spin off OT with good UOH and utilizes his long arms to keep free from OL hands. Shows good patience and mental processing not to commit too early on misdirection plays; stays home, diagnoses the play and takes good angles of pursuit to attack ball carrier. Good, natural feel for dropping into coverage; stays disciplined in his zone and uses his athleticism to flip his hips and show a natural feel in coverage.

 CONS:

Plays with adequate strength and consistency in the run game. If he’s being paid top-dollar, he’s got to check all the boxes in the run game like he does rushing the QB. Gets caught up playing a finesse game and hand fighting with OT. Could be a scheme thing but isn’t asked to loop inside and appears to be purely an EDGE rusher playing outside the Tackles that makes him a one-dimensional player. Lacks a wide array of PR and counter moves. Tries to win with finesse and speed too many times. Adequate motor and competitive toughness; takes too many plays off when the opponent is primarily running the ball.

 

Sep 15, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive end Dante Fowler (56) pressures New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) during the 3rd quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

 

PROJECTION:

Fowler will get paid; the off-season following the trade to Los Angeles, the Rams paid him $14.5M, which would have been right around what he would have received had Jacksonville opted to take the 5th year option on his rookie deal. Up until that point, most would agree Fowler hadn’t really done much to deserve that money, but he backed it up with an 11.5 sack season, and that number could be even higher. I’m sure for all of these players we could say the Dolphins are a team to look out for, so I’ll start leaving them out of my projections. The way Daniel Jones played makes the Giants’ rebuild more intriguing. The way the league it setup, it shouldn’t take 6 years to rebuild a team, so they may try and throw some money at the defense depending on how dedicated they are to their 3-4 transition, and draft heavy on that end, so the Giants are in-play to pair him on the opposite side of Markus Golden, if they choose to resign, and a young DL. Arizona is another team, with a soon-to-be 2nd year QB, cap space, and the 8th overall pick that could have a need for Fowler and pair him on the opposite side of Chandler Jones.

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