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2020 NFL Draft: Lenior-Rhyne S Kyle Dugger Scouting Report

2020 NFL Draft: Lenior-Rhyne S Kyle Dugger
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2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Kyle Dugger, S, Lenior-Rhyne Bears

Career Snapshot
Four-year starter who earned the Cliff Harris Award as the best defender in Division II, made 31 tackles with two interceptions and four pass breakups and returned two punts for touchdowns in seven games as a senior in 2019. Earned First Team All-South Atlantic Conference honors as a defensive back and return specialist, made 76 tackles with three interceptions and two forced fumbles and posted 534 punt return yards and two TDs as a junior. Named Second Team All-SAC and made 87 tackles as a sophomore. Missed time with a hand injury in 2019.

Positives
Athletic defensive back with the size, speed and football skill to start at the next level. Vicious open-field tackler who plays with a nasty attitude and attacks opposing ball carriers. Explosive, possesses a closing burst of speed and fights to make plays. Remains disciplined with assignments, plays heads-up football and shows good hands for the interception. Displayed outstanding ball skills at the Senior Bowl in one-on-one drills. Physical with receivers, keeps the action in front of him and tracks the pass in the air. Has a nice burst to the ball out of his plant. Possesses good hands for the interception. Game-impacting punt returner who is also effective on coverage units, shows the ability to make plays and forces fumbles.

Negatives
Must improve his backpedal. Better up the field than in reverse.

Analysis
Dugger was graded as a Day 3 pick entering the season, but he really showed well when he was on the field last season. He also looked sensational during Senior Bowl practices and combine workouts. Dugger possesses the size and versatility to line up in several different schemes and has the makings of a starting safety in the NFL.

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