What he brings: Coverage skills. Dawson has great hips and already shows above average talent as a cover corner. Dawson is also an above average sized DB. At 6-0, he is able to make plays against bigger WR that DBs at Ball State in the past were unable to make because of their lack of height. Dawson also possesses solid change of direction skills when moving at full speed and breaks well on throws in front of him. Dawson shows good skills at staying with his man in man-to-man coverage and also has good breaking speed. He also has a good nose for the ball and has good hands as evidenced by his 9 td receptions as a WR in high school. A good all-around athlete, Dawson also runs track and plays basketball. These sports prove his explosiveness and speed.
Areas of improvement: Let's get physical. Right now Dawson is a cover corner, one capable of being a shut down corner. But he has yet to show the ability to bring it physically against the run. He isn't going to lay the wood against an opposing WR or really be a threat to shed a block and hit a RB with authority. The ability is there. He is above averaged in body build and has to tools, it will all depend on how he learns to be physical. Another reason for the lack of physical play is because Dawson is a slightly built 170. Dawson needs to put on a good 10-15 lbs in order to really bring the lumber on his tackles.
BallStateInsider.com grade: Potential starter with the skills to be a star.