2019 Cardinals Draft Profile
2015 (RS FR): 3 GP (2 Starts)
2016 (RS SO): 13 GP (13 Starts)
2017 (RS JR): 13 GP (13 Starts)
2018 (RS SR): 13 GP (13 Starts)
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A local Washington product, Dillard was named as the 4A Offensive Lineman of the Year as a Senior at Woodinville High School. Andre’s father, Mitch, was also an offensive lineman for Washington State in the 80’s. Dillard was a three-year starter for the Cougars and also received playing time as a redshirt freshman. He was named to the Associated Press Third-Team in 2018 as well as All-Pac 12 Conference First-Team.
The hiring of Kliff Kingsbury as head coach for the Cardinals raises the odds of Dillard finding his way to Arizona. Dillard started at left tackle for the nation’s top ranked passing offense. His head coach at Washington State was Mike Leach, Kingsbury’s head coach during his playing days in Texas Tech. Kingsbury runs a slightly modified version of Leach’s Air-Raid offense but many of the aspects are identical. Dillard would be familiar with the protections and concepts on offense and be ahead of many other rookie linemen.
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Three-year starter and experienced pass blocker. Has quick feet when getting set. Has good knee bend and able to mirror defender when engaged. Able to get off the line quickly on run plays and is efficient in getting to the second level. Angles himself well when run blocking to help open holes. Has the agility and explosiveness off the snap to work in zone schemes. Does not chase or reach during line stunts and twists. Passes off rushers well and uses hands to increase his width. Shows hustle and does not give up on plays, often getting to the next level to peel off tacklers.
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Dillard lacks strength at the point of attack when run blocking. Does not have desired length which can result in balance issues when engaging defenders. Extends arms to engage in pass protection rather than using initial punch. May have issues with holding penalties as hand placement is inconsistent. Hands often ends up outside the frame rather than focused on the middle of the chest. Needs to get better at lowering stance to help offset speed rush. Struggles against a strong bull rush. Needs to be viewed as a developmental player and given time to develop strength and technique to become complete tackle.
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