What Casey Dunn does well
When watching Dunn’s tape, it’s easy to see how he has been such a consistent player over the course of his past three seasons, despite the jump up in competition.
Dunn is an excellent technician and really knows how to use his hands. In the run game, he excels at getting off the ball and quickly hitting the opposing defenders to ensure that he can stalemate them right away. And once Dunn is engaged, he is rarely, if ever, moved backwards. He keeps his hands high and avoids putting them too far outside on the shoulder pads. This allows him to avoid holding penalties.
Also, Dunn is good at moving his body while engaged to shield the runner and open running lanes. Often, Dunn was able to move his feet to get to a more advantageous blocking position, and that allowed Johnson to have a lot of success in hitting open lanes. That skill should translate well to the NFL, as footwork is key for NFL interior linemen.
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Additionally, Dunn has good athletic ability that is shown on tape. When he gets into space and runs out on screen passes, he moves very well. He has decent speed and can get to the next level when needed to make blocks.
Dunn’s solid athletic ability was backed up by the numbers he posted at his Pro Day. Dunn ran the 40-yard dash in 5.03 seconds and posted a 29 inch vertical. Those are above average numbers for a center, so that should give him a chance to compete for a roster spot.
Because of all that, Dunn seems like an ideal candidate to make the roster, and he could be in the mix at left guard. However, he still has to improve in a couple of areas in order to truly be considered for a spot on the 53-man roster.