Esteemed Gil Brandt says Cougar offensive lineman Joe Dahl among NFL draft's 10 most underrated offensive players

WASHINGTON STATE’S Joe Dahl received about as a high a compliment as you can get in NFL circles today when ESPN analyst Gil Brandt, a scouting icon during his 28 years with the Dallas Cowboys, dubbed the Spokane offensive lineman “one of my favorites” in the upcoming draft.

The 6-4, 304-pound Dahl widely has been projected a fourth-round-or-higher prospect, but Brandt believes “some team will draft him in the second round” and “others will wish they had.”

In his column today about the 10 most underrated offensive players in next month's draft, Brandt says Dahl could play tackle, guard or center but thinks his best position is guard. Dahl started two seasons at left tackle for the Cougars and one at guard after transferring in from Montana.

Dahl earned first-team All-Pac-12 and second-team USA Today All-American honors last season and notched impressive showings at the NFL Combine and the recent NFL Pro Day in Pullman. (Click here to get Dahl’s thoughts following his Pro Day workout)., a regular follower of the draft, this month rated Dahl the seventh-best guard prospect in the draft and projects him going in the third or fourth rounds. The site writes, “Here's how one scout summarized Dahl in one of our Scuttlebutt articles, "He has starting potential. Nice player. Athletic, but lacks strength. He could be a poor man's [David] Bakhtiari (of Green Bay)." says “scouts will want Dahl moved inside at the next level due to his average size and length. Either way, he’ll be a worthy pick as a potential starter.

In terms of strengths, they say of Dahl: "Despite playing in pass-happy offense, shows ability to fire out with pop into defender and get some initial push as drive blocker. Good grip to maintain his initial block. Has hand quickness to move inside. Does a nice job of shifting weight to challenge inside moves. Coaches rave about his work habits and ability to retain information." Here’s their complete analysis.

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