The New England Patriots just drafted a freakish athlete in Kyle Dugger. The 24-year-old out of Lenoir-Rhyne was the 37th overall pick after setting a new standard of excellence for Division II defensive players.
If you take a look at Dugger’s Instagram account, you’ll see a pretty impressive feat of athleticism. Look at this flip and catch Dugger nails after a workout:
We’ve seen guys like the Chicago Bears’ Tarik Cohen do things similarly, in fact, he caught two balls while doing a somersault. However, Dugger is a much bigger man at 6’1″ 217 pounds. Yet, he still catches the ball and sticks the landing in the video.
It should come as no surprise Dugger put on a show at the NFL Combine. Dugger ran a noteworthy 4.49 40 and registered an eye-popping 42″ vertical while also bench pressing 225 pounds 17 times. That’s more than a few tight ends who have already heard their names called at the NFL Draft.
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Kyle Dugger’s College Highlights
Crazy athleticism is something fans of Lenoir-Rhyne’s football team have become accustomed to seeing over the course of Dugger’s career. The safety not only controlled games from his position on defense, but he also made quite the mark as a return man.
According to the Patriots’ brass, that might be something he does in the NFL as well. Take a look at some of Dugger’s best highlights.
This is going to sound crazy to some, especially Pennsylvania football fans, but I see some Troy Polamalu in Dugger’s game because of his instincts, nose for the ball and ability to play in the box as a safety. That versatility will enable Bill Belichick to use Dugger creatively on defense.
Others liken Dugger to Gerald Sensabaugh (NFL.com) and DJ Swearinger (Draft Site). That would suggest Dugger will be a solid pro, but neither of those comparisons are as lofty than mine, but there is something about Dugger that seems to have superstar written all over him.
How Long Had Dugger Been on the Patriots’ Radar?
According to Patriots Director of Player Personnel, the team started taking a hard look at Dugger in the fall. The team attended games and broke down the tape on him before making the decision to draft Dugger.
Dugger said he knew the Patriots were interested in him, but that didn’t stop him from appearing overwhelmed when he got the call from Belichick and Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
Patriots fans are hoping to be overwhelmed with joy as they watch Dugger perform over the next few years.