2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report
School: Washington State
Ht: 6'5" Wt: 306
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Evaluated by: Kennedy Paynter
Andre Dillard starting playing football in eighth grade because his parents made him join a team. After all, he was much bigger than his classmates and he needed something to do outside of school. There was just one catch; Andre hated playing football. Luckily, he stuck with the game a couple more years and flourished as he finished high school, eventually earning a scholarship from Washington State, where his father was also an offensive lineman over 30 years ago. Dillard started 3 games as a redshirt freshman and finished with 26 starts at LT.
As a prospect, Dillard possesses immense athletic ability for someone with his height and frame. He has easy feet and quick reactions on the edge, mirroring defenders effectively after the snap. Once Dillard is engaged, he does a good job of keeping the defenders at arms-length and uses his hands well. However, Dillard's initial punch needs work; he too often spends time searching for contact with his hands and does not initiate his block effectively. Dillard's play style is clearly still reliant on his athleticism over power/technique, so he will benefit from both being in an NFL weight-room and reps with an NFL OL coach. At 6'5" and only 306 lbs, Dillard has ample space to fill out his frame and add significant lower-body strength.
Dillard's power limitations are exposed against the bull rush, and at times, in the run game. He is caught in a forward-lean too often, knowing he doesn't have the base/anchor strength to hold his ground against bigger/stronger defenders. Thanks to his athletic ability, however, Dillard's recovery speed is elite-he can re-set when he is beat and latch-on to defenders even when he misses his initial punch.
Overall, Dillard is a finesse tackle that will start right away and will be especially effective in zone schemes. He needs to add strength and increase consistency with his punch, but he has all the tools you look for. Scouts will salivate over his recovery ability and raw talent, leaving his future in the hands of his coaches' ability to maximize his potential.
NFL player Comparison
Ryan Clady, Denver Broncos (retired)
*Lacks anchor strength
*Raw with his hands
*Waist-bender with a tendency to lunge
|Scouting Video (Senior Bowl interview) Courtesy of Zone Coverage|