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Saturday, May 10, 2014
Jets take Dakota Dozier in 4th

By Rich Cimini

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The pick: Dakota Dozier, guard, Furman.

My take: Dozier becomes the first "big" in this year's draft class. He was a four-year starter at left tackle, but he projects to guard in the NFL. He has guard measurements -- 6-3½, 313 pounds. If you recall, the Jets made a similar selection last year, taking tackle Brian Winters in the third round and converting him to guard. It was an epic struggle, underscoring that position switches aren't always seamless transitions.

Dozier was moved to guard for the East-West Shrine Game, and he reportedly had no problems at all. He's known for his ability to get to the second level, an important attribute in the Jets' blocking scheme. He produced 133 key blocks/knockdowns and 17 touchdown-resulting blocks, according to the Furman stats. Dozier's nickname is "Bull." What else did you expect? He was chosen 137th overall, with a compensatory pick.

Stockpiling the big fellas: Dozier is a depth/developmental pick, just as Oday Aboushi and William Campbell were last season. If the scouting department is right about these players, the Jets will have good, young depth on the offensive line. Right guard Willie Colon, 31, is on a one-year contract, so there probably will be an opening at his position in 2015, perhaps sooner. The jury is still out on Winters at left guard, so that young depth could become critical for the Jets. Chances are, Dozier will start out at left guard, playing behind Winters.