"As a linebacker prospect, he has good size and displayed overall good athleticism. He did take some lumps in the pass-rushing drills and still needs to develop in this area, but he had a good day in coverage. He had an interception we saw in the half-skelly drill and overall displayed good potential and ability as a zone-coverage defender. He was able to open up and drop, as well as plant and break on the underneath ball and also flashed good ball skills."
Dawson racked up 123 tackles, 6 for loss, 6 sacks and an interception returned for 85 yards last year. As a sophomore, he had 125 tackles and 6 interceptions. He is in his 4th year as a starter for his high school team.