- Apr 21, 2005
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6. DAWAND JONES, Ohio State (6-8, 374, 5.36, 2): Biggest man in the draft. “He’s so enormous and I love watching him play,” one scout said. “I was scouting the other guy, Paris Johnson, but I couldn’t take my eyes off Dawand. Some absolutely love him and some think he’s absolutely no good. It’s a strange thing. He does have some character issues.” Started just one of 15 games from 2019-’20 before starting 25 games at RT from 2021-’22. “He has just dominating strength,” a second scout said. “He’s a big guy that actually plays big. His bend for his size is amazing. He’s got great feet. He’s crazy long. His hand use is really good. He’s light on his feet. His punch is ridiculous. He’s really similar to the best Mekhi Becton played in college (at Louisville) but he’s more dominant. You can see the basketball player in him.” Fielded mid-level Division I basketball offers after a top-notch career on the court for Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis. “I think he likes basketball more than he likes football,” said a third scout. “I don’t know if he really likes football.” Arms (36 3/8) and hands (11 5/8) were the longest at the combine. His Wonderlic score of 11 was the lowest of the top 12 tackles. “He just wins with his size,” said a fourth scout. “He does stay on his feet for the most part but reaching guys, adjusting, space, slide, all that, he just struggles to do that. How much of that will transfer? Zach Banner was so big and had those limitations, too, and he just kind of bounced around.” Made a terrible post-Day 1 impression at the Senior Bowl and then at pro day. His weight of 374 at the combine didn’t thrill scouts, either. “He was listed at 359 (in the fall),” a fifth scout said. “That (374) scares me. When a guy gains weight before the combine that shows you how much pride he has. Next thing you know he’s going to be 400.”
Uh, the one with a track record of doing that is Watson, bud. I'm assuming Callahan was simply happy. Going to be alot of work for this team imo; hundreds of players have eaten themselves out of the league, and his 25 lb weight gain when he should have been getting into the Best Shape of His Life. I mean, maybe this was all a blip and he has a workout motor; Orlando Brown Jr had similar issues if I remember and turned out fine. He has good game tape. But man, I can see why his behavior was such a red flag. Don't need a Perrion Winfrey for the o-line.absurd value. It is my hope Callahan did not learn if this selection whilst in public because I feel like it’s likely he immediately starting wanking it.
I do wonder if Jones' addition pushes the Browns to consider Hudson more at OG and/or developing Hudson as a swing player (OG/OT)..