Keilen Dykes NT WVU
SOBO SEZ: Early this past season, Dykes was playing exclusively as the Mountaineers
nose tackle in their 3-3-5 defensive scheme. On the nose, the
defensive lineman does play with leverage and uses his hands well. At times
though he simply showed the inability to get off blocks or move well laterally.
While not suited to the nose tackle position long-term, Dykes does bring valuable playing experience and versatility. Later in the season, the Mountaineers were taking on the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers, and the lineman was moved back to his more natural position as a five technique. The two-time All-Big East selection seemed much more comfortable at defensive end where he had started during his junior campaign. It was the prospect's best performance all season - he appeared stout against the run and moved much better along the line of scrimmage. Dykes was no longer overwhelmed at defensive end as was seen early in the season at nose.
Not much of a natural pass rusher, the
Tom Marino, NFL Scout: A very tough, strong, nose who was a very effective run stopper. Plays very hard, is unselfish and was a consistent performer. Could also play a three technioue. Is a run stopper who had a good feel for blocks and restricted the "A" gap. Has adequate range, but needs to protect his lower half more effectively. Marginal pass rusher who showed limited counter skills. Blue collar player who will contribute to winning football games. Round 4 - 5.