The Patriots have announced that they have come to terms with second-round pick, defensive back Duke Dawson. Dawson, the 56th overall pick, was a four-year player during his career at Florida.
Patriots continue to hammer out contracts with their draft picks. Today, CB Duke Dawson (second round, Florida) had his contract become official.
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) May 16, 2018
As a Gator, Dawson had his best season his senior year. In 10 games, Dawson was credited with 23 solo tackles, nine passes defended, and four interceptions. One pick he returned to the house for the third defensive touchdown of his college career. He ended his career at Florida with 81 total tackles. 56 of which were solo tackles.
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“My biggest role model coming up was my godbrother Nick Collins who played for Green Bay,” said Dawson when he met the Patriots media earlier this month. “Just being able to see him play the game of football at a high level with the love and the passion that he had, that kind of drove me a little bit more as well.”
Collins, of course, had his career cut short because of a neck injury. However, not before he established himself as one of the best safeties in the NFL. In his final full season, Collins helped guide the Packers to their first Super Bowl win in over two decades. Collins would play just two games the following year.
Now, Dawson will look to follow in his footsteps and establish himself as a premier defensive back in the NFL. Premier may be a stretch, however, Dawson has the instincts to be a very solid player especially given the right coaching.
Dawson becomes the seventh of the Patriots nine draft selections to have signed their rookie deal. He joins Ja’Whaun Bentley, Christian Sam, Braxton Berrios, Danny Etling, Keion Crossen, and Ryan Izzo. That leaves their top two selections, tackle Isaiah Wynn and running back Sony Michel as the only players unsigned at this point.