Dismukes draws significant NFL interest

Auburn’s Reese Dismukes has met with several NFL teams interested in the run-blocking center.

Auburn’s Reese Dimukes is Scout.com’s second-ranked center and it shows based off the interview interest he generated among NFL teams in his first days at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Dismukes has met with the St. Louis Rams, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and the Atlanta Falcons, and is meeting with the Arizona Cardinals Wednesday night and Chicago Bears on Thursday.

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He figured he has talked with about half the NFL teams, either formally or informally, during his short stay at the Combine so far.

“They asked me to draw a play. That’s pretty generic by each team, asking you to draw your favorite play,” Dismukes said of his meeting with the Lions. “Inside zone, that was my favorite play. I like to run the ball.”

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He played at 295 last year (the lightest among offensive linemen at the Combine) and said he hopes to get to 310 pounds, but at 6-foot-3 he figures center will be his NFL position, just as it was throughout his successful Auburn career.

“This zone blocker is very alert to stunts, twists and blitzes. Do not let his adequate size fool you – he is a tough hombre in the Olin Kruetz (ex-Bears) mold,” Scout.com draft analyst Dave-Te’ Thomas said of Dismukes.

He is credited with 124 knockdown blocks and led all major college centers with a 90 percent grade for blocking consistency last season, along with 12 touchdown-resulting blocks and an even 100 knockdowns this year to earn consensus All-American recognition.

“He plays on his feet well and has the first step needed to chip and seal the linebackers shooting the gaps,” Thomas said. “He has the upper body strength to neutralize the bull rush and good balance along with proper hand placement, as he is quick to recoil and reset his hands. He has a very good feel for taking angles and comes off the snap low and with a wide base, doing a nice job of maintaining the rush lanes.”

Dismukes started every game played (49) at Auburn, the second-highest total in school history, and called Melvin Ingram the toughest defensive lineman he faced.

“He’s fast and quick and I was a freshman,” Dismukes said with a laugh.

Dismukes prides himself on his run blocking.

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