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2021 NFL Scouting Report: Alabama Center Landon Dickerson

Draft review on one of the top interior offensive linemen in the 2021 NFL Draft.

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Former Alabama center Landon Dickerson actually began his career at Florida State University. Dickerson started seven games as a freshman before a knee injury sidelined him for the rest of the season, and he also played four games as a sophomore before another injury ended that season. After experiencing another injury in 2018, he was granted a medical redshirt for that season.

After transferring to Alabama as a redshirt junior, Dickerson played all 13 games, starting at right guard before settling in at center. As a redshirt Senior, Dickerson won the Rimington trophy, which is awarded to the best center, before suffering another injury in the SEC championship game. A versatile interior lineman, Dickerson could be one of the best iOL prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft, but as you guessed, he does have an injury history

Here’s my evaluation of Landon Dickerson and why the Falcons could possibly have him on their radar later this month.

Landon Dickerson scouting report

Player Height/Weight: 6’6” – 325 lbs

Games Watched: vs. UGA(2020), vs. Tennessee(2020), Vs. LSU(2020)

Strengths

  • Big, physical lineman who plays tough.
  • Fundamentally sound, technique-wise.
  • Good football IQ and is able to call protections at the line if needed.
  • Has a legitimate ability to play both center and guard effectively at the next level.
  • Reportedly has an infectious personality and great work ethic.
  • Good core strength with the ability to wall off defenders.
  • Very good hands with a good punch.
  • Able to sustain blocks and always plays to the whistle.
  • Shows good bend and plays with adequate pad level in the leverage game.
  • Always looking for work and constantly hustles.
  • Thick lower body with the ability to anchor well against the bull rush.
  • Showed an ability to hold his own against top competition.

Weaknesses

  • Has a concerning injury history that might make teams wary.
  • Not a plus athlete.
  • Skill set makes him limited schematically.
  • Will have issues where required to move and take on linebackers at the second level.
  • Has shorter arms which could make long interior defenders an issue to contain.

The Atlanta Falcons have a clear need in the interior of their offensive line, especially at left guard. There’s also a question of how comfortable head coach Arthur Smith is with the current presumptive starter at center in Matt Hennessy, something we currently don’t have a good grasp on.

An experienced offensive lineman with the capability to play and start at both center and guard, Landon Dickerson could provide an answer for Coach Smith on the interior. Dickerson is a player that has the intelligence and the fundamental attributes to be a fixture on the offensive line if he can remain healthy. If GM Terry Fontenot and Coach Smith are comfortable with his health, Dickerson could prove to be a good option for the Falcons if they decide to go offensive line early on in the 2nd round.