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NFL Draft 2018: Wisconsin EDGE Garret Dooley Scouting Report

The Senior Bowl competitor will look for his opportunity at the next level.

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It was a long and winding road for Garret Dooley throughout his career in Madison. Two different position changes finally brought him to outside linebacker, where he became a solid rotational player as a junior before seizing his opportunity to be a difference maker as a senior.

Garret Dooley had a nice performance during Senior Bowl week, as he showed his developing skill as a pass rusher while also exhibiting his solid play against the run. He went from a non-grade player as a junior to a potential late draft pick or priority free agent after a solid senior season.

Garret Dooley at Wisconsin’s Pro Day on March 14
Jake Kocorowski

Garret Dooley Measurables

Height Weight Arm Length Hand Size 40-Yard Dash Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump 20-Yard Shuttle 3-Cone Drill 60-Yard Shuttle
Height Weight Arm Length Hand Size 40-Yard Dash Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump 20-Yard Shuttle 3-Cone Drill 60-Yard Shuttle
6'2 248 pounds 32 1/2" 10 1/4" 4.62 seconds (4.80 at Combine) 21 reps 33" 121" 4.28 seconds (4.31 at Pro Day) 7.00 seconds N/A

Height, weight, arm length, hand size, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, 20-yard shuttle statistics from NFL Combine; 40-yard dash and 3-cone drill from Wisconsin Pro Day.

Strengths: Well put together, packs a muscular, dense physique. Improved every collegiate season. Plays with a good understanding of his athleticism. Sets a physical edge in the run game. Exhibits conceptual understanding of playing with leverage on the outside, keeping his outside arm free. Has a nice rip move as a pass rusher. Non-stop motor throughout the play.

Weaknesses: Bit of a one-year wonder. Not adept at playing in space. Wasn’t asked to cover often. Lacks moves as a pass rusher. More of an effort and clean up rusher. Lack of length on the perimeter may keep him limited to a 3-4 outside linebacker spot.

Summary: Garret Dooley is another example of what the Wisconsin football program has built on over the past 28 years. An under-recruited kid out of high school who used a team-first approach and took coaching and eventually developed himself into a potential NFL player. Dooley is like a 3-4 outside linebacker to capitalize on his ability to play the run on the line of scrimmage, while minimizing his lack of lateral athleticism. He’ll be a special teamer and rotational player at first, but could work his way into a rotational pass rusher with continued coaching.

Projection: 7th Round- Undrafted Free Agent

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