BIOGRAPHY: Full-time starter the past two seasons after seeing action with the first team during his freshman and sophomore campaigns. All-Conference selection as a senior after totaling 63/9.9/6. Junior totals were 62/3.5/2.5.
POSITIVES: Well-built, undersized collegiate pass rusher who will be given looks at linebacker. Breaks down well playing with good pad level and fluid changing direction. Makes plays down the line of scrimmage, redirects to the action and shows ability in space.
NEGATIVES: Easily controlled at the point by a single blocker. A liability defending the run.
ANALYSIS: Possessing marginal size/speed numbers, Dawson is a practice squad player and developmental prospect. Best fit is at linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.