Fowler played rotationally as a freshman recording eight tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks making his way onto the All-Freshman SEC team. In an effort to become more explosive player, Fowler lost 15 pounds of body fat and used his new speed to help earn him Honorable Mention All-American and Second Team All-SEC his final, Junior season in Florida.
|DOB||August 3, 1994||Bench (225 lb)||19 reps|
|Weight||261 lbs||Broad Jump||9’4″|
|Arms||33-3/4″||20 Yard Shuttle||4.32 sec|
|Hands||9-1/2″||3 Cone Drill||7.40 sec|
|40 Yard Dash (10 yd split)||4.60 sec (1.56 sec)||60 Yard Shuttle||11.89 sec|
|University of Florida (2012-2014)||Honorable Mention All-America honors from Sports Illustrated. Selected to the All-SEC First Team by the leagues’ coaches, ESPN.com and Phil Steele (2014)|
|2014 – 60 tackles, 15.0 TFL, 8.5 sacks, 1 PD, 2 FF||Second Team All-SEC (2013)|
|2013 – 50 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 1 PD, 3 FF||First Team All-Freshman (2012)|
|2012 – 30 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks||Florida Defensive and Team MVP (2014)|
In the following plays we’ll take a look at Dante Fowler’s pass rushing and run defense and how it applies to the NFL. Videos courtesy of Draft Breakdown.
One of the first things I noticed about Dante Fowler is how versatile he is yet his inconsistency in snap recognition sometimes hinders him. In the first play and second play, Fowler is standing in a two point stance and explodes through the A-gap taking the center by surprise. Here the quarterback from East Carolina throws an instant fade route, and really ANY other sort of read or progression outside of the fade route would have been an instant sack by Fowler. In this play, Fowler is able to disrupt the entire pass on his own utilizing his speed.
Here is another gap shooting example through the A-gap as an inside linebacker where Fowler narrowly misses fellow 2015 NFL Draft first rounder Jameis Winston to disrupt his progressions.
Other times Fowler is the last off of the snap like in this. This is the difference between a quarterback hurry and a quarterback hit on the Kentucky quarterback.
Good club-swim move to get QB hit. Fowler catches the right tackle extending one arm to stop him and easily beats him inside for the quarterback hit almost assisting in an interception. Here’s another disruption to the quarterbacks progressions, which forces him outside of pocket. Fowler only misses the sack because the right tackle pushes him from behind out of the play.
Here Fowler uses a club move to shake the offensive lineman on the bootleg.
Although, Fowler has a great club-swim move to disrupt the quarterback, he sometimes falls victim to overthinking pass rushes and hesitates making his speed and violent hands useless. Here are two examples of this.
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