We are exactly two weeks away from the 2020 NFL Draft.
Unfortunately, we are in a time where face-to-face contact, workouts, meetings, and everything that goes into preparing for the Draft has been flipped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This should be a time to showcase your talents one last time, interview and meet with teams, post workout videos, etc. Some players need that extra lift in the eye of general managers across the league.
Oregon linebacker Troy Dye is one of those guys.
We saw his talent showcased during the season, leading Oregon to a Pac-12 championship and Rose Bowl victory and doing it with one hand and a bum knee. It is as important now more than ever for Dye to showcase his talent as much as possible since he did not participate at the Combine or play in the Senior Bowl.
Turns out Dye made his own makeshift Pro Day:
Here is another make-shift Pro Day: This time, #Oregon LB Troy Dye, who played the second half of the season with a club on his hand for a broken thumb and a meniscus tear that cost him postseason games and workouts. The potential Friday pick wanted to show teams he’s heathy: pic.twitter.com/kwVBNVYWzd— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 9, 2020
Not bad for a guy coming off half a season with a broken thumb and meniscus tear!
HISTORY AT OREGON
Dye made a name for himself in the Oregon history books.
He is the only player in Oregon history to lead the team in tackles four consecutive seasons and finished third in program history in career tackles (397) and tied for fourth in tackles for loss (44.0).
Dye has been the backbone of this Oregon defense since his freshman season. From a 4-8 to Rose Bowl champs four years later, having Dye return to Oregon for his senior season was huge for the Ducks last season. During his four-year reign, the defense went through three different defensive coordinators and needed a guy like Dye to step up. He definitely did.
As Rapoport stated above, Dye is a potential ‘Friday pick,’ meaning day two of the NFL draft which consists of rounds two through three.
Here’s how Dye weighed in at the NFL Combine: 6-foot-3, 231 pounds; arm length 32 1/4 inches; hand size 9 3/8 inches.
It's easy to fall in love with the tackle production, football IQ and sideline-to-sideline range but his slight frame and difficulty keeping weight on could become a major stumbling block for him in the way teams view his pro potential. His skill set and recognition are best suited along the inside, but due to his size, he might need to ply his trade as an outside 'backer in a 4-3 defense. He has three-down talent with the aptitude to cover or blitz and is in line to go from plus-backup to eventual starter if he can keep good weight on his frame.
According to the latest mock drafts, Dye is a projected late second round, early third round pick:
No. 62 overall to the Green Bay Packers (Draftsite.com)
No. 81 overall to the Las Vegas Raiders (Sports Illustrated)