If healthy, Dickerson could have an immediate impact as a center or guard
Teams looking to improve the interior of their offensive line will have plenty of options at guard and center to choose from in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, including Landon Dickerson. Here's a look at what teams like and have some concerns about when it comes to taking a chance on the last season's recipient of the Rimington Trophy, which goes to the nation's best center.
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Landon Dickerson Draft Profile
A Florida State transfer, Dickerson played guard and center during his time in Tuscaloosa, and his overwhelming physicality and overall nastiness always stood out. His play strength matches his size; Dickerson is dominant in tight spaces, where he moves defenders at the point of attack, and when climbing to the second level, he erases linebackers from the play. He’s every bit as smart and instinctive as you’d expect from a veteran of Alabama’s offensive line, capable of setting up protections pre-snap and rarely caught off-guard by late blitzers or twists and stunts after the snap.
Medicals are a big concern, as Dickerson has a long list of injuries including a 2016 ACL tear at Florida State and another ACL injury last December. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he were knocked off of some draft boards. Middling athleticism means he’ll have more appeal to teams that use a lot of inside-zone and gap concepts, rather than a scheme that sends him out into space.
He might have been on pace for a top-40 selection before last season’s knee injury, but Dickerson still profiles as an immediate starter at guard or center as soon as he has a clean bill of health.
Final Grade: 2nd/3rd round