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 Post subject: Preston Dial, TE, Alabama
PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:02 pm 
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PRESTON DIAL
6-2/238
Alabama Senior
40: 4.85e

PROS:

Shows nice hands as an outlet receiver over the middle. Shows some strength as a runner after the catch, able to drag defensive backs for a few extra yards. Will hurdle an unsuspecting defender in the open field. Does a nice job hitting his assignments as a H-back, an effective lead blocker and can hit the kick out block. Will line up in the backfield as a lead blocker in short-yardage and goalline situations.

CONS:

Not a reliable receiver, body catching some throws. Doesn't get a good release when working as an inline tight end. Misses too many assignments when working as a lead blocker because he's slow to the hole and lacks vision. Doesn't do a good job locking on and holding his blocks. Needs to play with better balance when blocking out in space.

OVERVIEW:

Dial didn't log a ton of playing time on offense until this year. He was used primarily as a reserve and blocker at Alabama throughout his career. He only caught 5 passes for 54 yards (10.8 avg) his first three years at Alabama, but put together a nice season as their H-back with 25 catches for 264 yards (10.6 avg) and 3 scores as a senior. He is a decent blocker, but has a lot of room to grow in order to impact at the next level, and just isn't a reliable enough receiver to be a major factor there.

NFL FORECAST:

I think he has a shot at making an NFL roster as a No. 3 tight end, particularly for one that makes ample use of H-backs rather than a true fullback. But his upside is limited. He's not a bad blocker or receiver, but doesn't do either one to a level that merits him getting a long look in the pros. His only real saving grace is being a good special teams performer. To be a more impactful tight end, he's going to need to bulk up and get up around 250 pounds. If he can do that he might be able to stick down the road as a journeyman stopgap reserve, but I don't see him sticking long-term. He's basically a poor man's Jeff Dugan, and while he can improve as a blocker, he'll probably never be a good blocker because he lacks ideal size, strength, and vision.

ATL FORECAST:

Dial can be a nice camp body for the Falcons, but he's not a good option and would be a longshot to even make a practice squad.

VALUE:

Dial isn't worth a draft pick, but a team looking for a body at H-back should bring him to camp.

SKILLS
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 2.0
Hands: 2.5
Blocking: 2.0
Body Control: 2.5
Range: 1.5

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