WSU's Dahl who we thought he was (save for height)

JOE DAHL, to no one’s surprise who watched the Washington State o-linemen the past few years, had a highly productive practice week ahead of Saturday’s Senior Bowl (11:30 a.m., NFL Network) according to ESPN analysts. What was a surprise was one of Dahl’s measurables.

Dahl isn’t as tall as we thought.  WSU listed him on its roster this year at 6-foot-5.  At the Senior Bowl this week in Mobile, Ala., Dahl measured in 6-3 7/8.

He was also reported this week to have shorter arms than most top tier offensive tackles.  But measurables are one thing.  And results on the football field are another.

Dahl gained praise for his work this week from ESPN's Bill Polian and Louis Riddick, both former longtime NFL talent evaluators. And twitter was hopping this week with compliments on Dahl from pro and amateur scout-types alike.

The general consensus coming out of the week was that Dahl will probably be a guard in the NFL given his height - he's listed at guard on the North team in the Senior Bowl. Then again, not everyone agrees. Dahl graded out as the best offensive tackle pass protector in all of college football each of the past two seasons according to Pro Football Focus. 

"A move to guard due to arm length issues would exacerbate Dahl’s weaknesses and lose his strength -- which is handling outside speed rushers," says PFF.

Dahl missed four games this season before returning for WSU's Sun Bowl victory. It was thought he broke his foot in the Stanford game but played through it. And he did. But it turns out Dahl was dealing with a stress fracture since Week 4, he told the Seattle Times this week.

“After our fourth game my foot just started killing me and it just kept getting worse until the Stanford game, when I could barely walk,” Dahl told the newspaper. “We got an x-ray after that, and it revealed that I’d had a stress fracture for about a month, and it just finally broke.”

The official list of NFL combine invites will be posted next week by the NFL but Dahl has received his invitation according to the Times.

That's no surprise either.


The NFL combine will be held in Indianapolis Feb. 23-29.

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