2017 NFL DRAFT

Reese Dismukes, C

School: Auburn  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Spanish Fort, AL
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 296 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
13644

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.303.121.9123 27 1/28'11"4.708.14

Player Overview

As a four-year starter, two-time First Team All-SEC pick and voted as the nation's top center as a senior, Dismukes proved every bit worthy of the praise he was given by recruiting specialists in in 2011 when he was graded the top prep center in the country.

Dismukes' play was impressive enough that he considered leaving Auburn for the NFL following his junior season. Citing the fact that centers generally don't earn high picks in the draft, Dismukes elected to return for his senior season. While he performed well - showing off the combination of quickness, agility and tenacity that zone-blocking schemes value - Dismukes also showed some flaws, struggling with powerful nose guards during the regular season and at the Senior Bowl.

Given the massive defenders in the NFL and Dismukes' troubling lack of ideal length, it wouldn't be surprising to see the All-American fall lower on draft day than his hype would indicate. Such is the life of interior linemen. Dismukes' grit and agility, however, are traits that project well to the next level and could ultimately result in his out-playing his draft position by competing for a starting role relatively early in his professional career.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Dismukes sports the short, squatty frame so conducive to playing in the trenches. He has a low center of gravity and plays with excellent knee bend, giving him a leverage advantage over most opponents. He shuffles well laterally and is quick to the second level due to light feet.

Dismukes has strong hands to latch and control opponents, showing not only power but excellent hand placement. He is strong enough to drive defenders off the ball but is best suited to a zone-blocking scheme where he can fully take advantage of his efficient movement to turn and seal defenders from the action.

WEAKNESSES: Is almost light for today's standards and doesn't possess ideal length or power. Short arms (32") and small hands (8 1/4") that actually were the smallest measured by any player in the 2015 Senior Bowl. Struggled when covered up by a powerful nose guard, failing to get consistent movement at the point of attack.

--Rob Rang

 
 
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02/17/2015 - 2015 DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 58/1. Reese Dismukes, C, Auburn, 6-3, 295, 5.27, 2...Listed as the nation's top center prospect coming out of Spanish Fort High School in Alabama, Dismukes quickly lived up to those rave notices at Auburn and almost jumped into the 2014 NFL draft. He returned to improve his technique, but he still had trouble coping with powerful nose tackles, which showed up as late as the Senior Bowl workouts. But he definitely has the drive and ability to project as a second-round pick in this draft and should soon be using those strong, albeit small, hands to snap the ball as a starting center in the NFL. The obvious reason for his trouble with big nose tackles is that, at 295 pounds, he is actually small for a center these days, as are his 8 1/4-inch hands. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
 

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