Zac Dawe NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Zac Dawe NFL Draft Profile, Highlights and NFL Comparison

  • 2021 NFL Draft
  • 2021 NFL Draft Prospects
  • Brigham Young
  • Brigham Young Cougars
  • BYU
  • BYU Cougars
  • CGS
  • College Gridiron Showcase
  • DE
  • Defensive End
  • Draft
  • Draft Prospect
  • NFl Draft
  • Prospect Profile
  • Scouting Report
  • Zac Dawe
By Mitchell Wolfe February 22, 2021 0 Comment
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Zac Dawe is a 2021 NFL Draft Prospect

Zac Dawe is a defensive end from Brigham Young and a prospect in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. Dawe started every one of BYU’s 12 games this season. He recorded 43 tackles (17 solos), 7 TFLs, 2 sacks, and two passes broken up. According to Pro Football Focus, Dawe ranked as the 48th-highest-graded edge defender (20% snap minimum) with an Overall grade of 78.5 (69.3 Run Defense, 55.0 Tackling, 77.5 Pass Rush, 78.9 Coverage).

Dawe was ranked as one of the top-ten high school players coming out of Utah and a consensus three-star prospect. He quickly committed to BYU and they ended up being the only school to offer him. Dawe redshirted and served his mission in Houston, Texas before being added to the active roster.

READ MORE: 2021 College Gridiron Showcase Defensive Standouts

Unfortunately, Dawe got off to a rocky start at BYU. The coaching staff tried to move him to the offensive line, requiring him to put on extra weight. But Dawe suffered a back injury, leading to him leaving the team and the school in general. After working as a security guard, he returned to the team but had to walk-on. Dawe eventually regained his scholarship and since he re-joined the team in 2018, he has played in every game since (38 games, 15 starts).

In the NFL, Dawe projects as a two-gapping 4i-6T defensive end, playing from the inside shoulder of the offensive tackle to the gap outside of him. He plays as a bigger defensive end and is not overly athletic or explosive. But he is very strong at the point of attack and effective rushing through interior gaps, especially on later passing downs. While he does not have the prototypical size to play as a traditional 3-4 defensive end, he could be successful playing as a defensive end in a hybrid 4-3 defense (New England).

Scouting Capsule

Zac Dawe NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Scouting Capsules compiled by The Brawl Network Draft Analysts Daniel Kitchen and Mitchell Wolfe.

Measurements

Zac Dawe attended the College Gridiron Showcase and measured in 6 feet and 3 1/8 inches (6031) and 275 pounds. His hands are 9″ and his arms are 33 2/8″. BYU listed him at 6’4″ and 271 pounds.

Highlights

Positives

  • Good play strength and use of leverage to control blockers and move them against their will.
  • Really like the way he uses his hands; active and violent to deflect OL’s hands and rip through to penetrate.
  • Solid pursuit and motor to finish plays at the ballcarrier

Weaknesses

  • Marginal athletic ability: less than ideal burst/first step, struggles to bend, and fluidly/quickly change direction.
  • Struggles to maintain balance, frequently getting overextended, losing his footing, and ending up on the ground.
  • Older prospect (24/25) with previous back injury.

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I cover and write about the NFL, the NFL Draft, and the Pittsburgh Steelers for the Brawl Network. I am originally from Hershey, PA and was raised a Pittsburgh sports fan. I went to Boston College for undergrad and am currently finishing a Master's degree in Sports Business at Temple University, concentrating in Sport Analytics.

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