The Patriots entered the day with the 11th and 31st pick of the second round. Through a series of trades, the Patriots ultimately made the 24th pick of the round, 56th overall. With that pick, the Patriots selected defensive back, Duke Dawson from Florida.

Dawson was a four-year player at Florida where he had his best season last year. During his senior season, Dawson racked up 34 total tackles, four interceptions, and one touchdown. In addition, he was credited with nine passes defended.

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Coming in at five-foot-ten, 208 pounds, Dawson is projected as a slot corner with his ability to play press coverage his main strength. His draft profile touts him as an intelligent football player with great instincts who is eager to help in run defense. Despite not being the fastest corner he covers underneath routes well and can smother receivers if allowed to be physical.

Duke Dawson
Tack Tack Tack Tack Def Def Def Def Def Fumb
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Int Yds Avg TD PD FF
*2014 Florida SEC FR DB 6 10 4 14 1.0 1 36 36.0 1 1 0
*2015 Florida SEC SO DB 5 5 4 9 0.0 0 0 0 0 1
*2016 Florida SEC JR DB 11 18 6 24 3.5 1 37 37.0 1 7 1
2017 Florida SEC SR DB 10 23 11 34 2.0 4 54 13.5 1 9 0
Career Florida 56 25 81 6.5 6 127 21.2 3 17 2

After selecting two offensive players with their first round picks, the Patriots were eventually going to turn to the defensive side. After losing Malcolm Butler to the Titans in the offseason, cornerback help was certaintly on the table. Even with the signing of Jason McCourty in the offseason and the presumed return of former second-round pick, Cyrus Jones. Dawson will have a chance to compete for time behind Stephon Gilmore, McCourty, Eric Rowe, and Jonathon Jones. Given his limitations covering faster receivers, he will likely see a lot of his time in the slot and middle of the field.

– Ian Glendon is the Editor-In-Chief of Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on and Facebook.



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