NFL Draft 2017: Buffalo Bills select Temple OL Dion Dawkins in second round
PHILADELPHIA — Temple took center stage at the NFL draft Thursday when standout defensive lineman Haason Reddick completed a rise from walk-on to first-round pick after the Arizona Cardinals selected him with the No. 13 overall pick.
Another one of his Owls teammates will join him in the NFL as a pick on the first two days of the draft.
Temple offensive lineman Dion Dawkins became the second Owl off the board when the Buffalo Bills selected him in the second round with the No. 63 overall pick.
Dawkins was a first-team All-American Athletic Conference player on the offensive line as a senior. He spent the final three years of his career protecting quarterback Phillip Walker’s blind side as the team’s left tackle and helped clear holes for a pair of prolific running backs in Jahad Thomas and Ryquell Armstead.
Like Reddick, Dawkins significantly boosted his draft stock with his performance at the Senior Bowl in late January.
The Rahway, N.J., native was one of four true freshman to start at left tackle in 2013, joining a group that includes former Ole Miss standout and current Miami Dolphin, Laremy Tunsil.
According the NFL Network broadcast, Dawkins should have the chance to compete for the starting right tackle job in Buffalo.