Sobo's Players of Interest #13: Keilen Dykes

An All-Big East nose tackle, Dykes future may lie elsewhere on the line...

Keilen Dykes NT WVU

SOBO SEZ: Early this past season, Dykes was playing exclusively as the Mountaineers nose tackle in their 3-3-5 defensive scheme.   On the nose, the defensive lineman does play with leverage and uses his hands well.  At times though he simply showed the inability to get off blocks or move well laterally. If West Virginia faced a solid to good center, Dykes was completely neutralized one-on-one.

While not suited to the nose tackle position long-term, Dykes does bring valuable playing experience and versatility. Later in the season, the Mountaineers were taking on the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers, and the lineman was moved back to his more natural position as a five technique.  The two-time All-Big East selection seemed much more comfortable at defensive end where he had started during his junior campaign. It was the prospect's best performance all season - he appeared stout against the run and moved much better along the line of scrimmage. Dykes was no longer overwhelmed at defensive end as was seen early in the season at nose. 

Not much of a natural pass rusher, the Youngstown native only had three sacks this year along with his 32 total tackles, four of which were for a loss.  As good a person as a football player, the senior already graduated with his degree this past December and basically won every award the team gives for leadership and work ethic.  An iron man who started 44 games while at Morgantown, the 6' 4", 295 pound prospect appears to be a solid late round selection as a potential 3-4 rotational defensive lineman.

Tom Marino, NFL Scout: A very tough, strong, nose who was a very effective run stopper. Plays very hard, is unselfish and was a consistent performer. Could also play a three technioue.  Is a run stopper who had a good feel for blocks and restricted the "A" gap. Has adequate range, but needs to protect his lower half more effectively. Marginal pass rusher who showed limited counter skills. Blue collar player who will contribute to winning football games. Round 4 - 5.


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