The New York Jets have one of the league’s better offensive lines and it could get a whole lot better this season with rookie G Dakota Dozier formerly of Furman.
Dozier, a fourth-round pick in May’s NFL Draft, is a monstrous 6-foot-4, 314-pound mauler who can immediately step in and contribute from Day 1 for New York along their offensive line.
Last season, New York thrust rookie G Brian Winters into the fire for multiple reasons and Winters played well down the stretch. We could quite possibly see the same this season from Dozier.
Dozier brings a ton to the table for New York. He has a very thick base, which allows him to use his lower body to drive through his assignment and maneuver them quite well. Dozier uses strength to overpower defenders and toss them to the ground while also working to the second level to get hits on backers and safeties. He is a four-year starter and is quite durable, which is a sigh of relief for New York as durability along the offensive line has been an issue.
He does need to work on his lateral agility, however. Dozier is a very raw puller as a guard and does not possess top-level footwork quite yet. He can be an inconsistent player from time-to-time, but tends to shine when the level of competition is much better.
Dozier is likely in a battle with veteran G Willie Colon for Colon’s job and roster spot along the offensive line. While Colon is a seasoned veteran I am giving the job and the early nod to Dozier as I think he has instant starter potential and it would serve New York well to give Dozier experience early to get him acclimated to the pro game as quickly as possible.