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Patriots Draft Pick Profile: Kyle Dugger

Patriots.com will offer capsule looks at all 10 members of the Patriots draft class over the next several days. Today we start with the team's first selection, second-round safety Kyle Dugger.

Kyle Dugger, S: 2nd round, 37th overall

Height: 6-2

Weight: 220 lbs

Born: 3/22/1996

College: Lenoir-Rhyne

Hometown: Decatur, Ga.

Strengths: Ideal size and speed for position. … Versatility to move closer to line of scrimmage and perhaps even switch to linebacker. … Good range and toughness. … Explosive as punt returner with six career touchdowns. … Plays with physicality and aggressiveness. … Highly competitive. … Excellent ball skills. … Excellent tackler who should be productive on special teams.

Weaknesses: Will be making a huge leap from Division II level to the NFL. … His abundant physical gifts allowed him to simply react to the ball without always processing situations properly. … Can get caught watching at times and gets manipulated. … Will need to improve his ability to read and diagnose plays more quickly at the next level rather than simply finding the ball and chasing it down as he did in college.

Personal: Two-year letterman in both football and basketball at Whitewater (Fayetteville, Georgia) HS. … Earned first-team All-County in football and All-County honorable mention in basketball. … Studied engineering and physics at Lenoir-Rhyne and hopes to become an architect after his playing days. … Won the Cliff Harris Award as the top small college defensive player in the country. … Only Division II player to attend the Combine. … Brother played basketball at LaGrange University. Mother, Kimberly, played basketball at Fort Valley State and is in the team's Hall of Fame. … Twitter handle is @KingDugg_3

Comparable NFL player: Gerald Sensabaugh, S, Retired – Similar size and athleticism, Sensabaugh enjoyed a solid eight-year career with Jacksonville and Dallas.

View photos of Patriots DB Kyle Dugger in action from the 2020 Senior Bowl and NFL Combine.

BY THE NUMBERS

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YEAR GP U A TT PD FF FR INT YDS
2014 Did not play - Redshirt
2015 10 30 13 43 10 2 2 4 28
2016 Did not play - Medical Redshirt
2017 10 57 30 87 7 2 1 1 0
2018 14 50 26 76 13 2 3 3 43
2019 7 15 16 31 6 0 0 2 93
Totals 42 152 85 237 36 6 6 10 164

PUNT RETURNS

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YEAR NO. YDS. AVG. LG TD
2014 Did not play - Redshirt
2015 4 23 5.8 18 1
2016 Did not play - Medical Redshirt
2017 20 197 9.9 38 1
2018 31 534 17.2 69 2
2019 12 175 14.6 68 2
Totals 67 929 13.9 69 6

WORKOUT NUMBERS

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DUGGER COMBINE AVG. FOR POS.
Height 6-1 5-11
Weight 217 205
40 Yards 4.49 4.54
Bench (225) 17 17
Vertical Jump 42.0 32.2
Long Jump 134.0 126.2
Shuttle DNP 4.22
Cone DNP 6.93

DNP = Did Not Participate in Drill

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING....

A small-school standout with exceptional physical tools, Dugger displays cornerback-like skills as a safety but also shows enough toughness and physicality to play within the box. As an outstanding punt returner, he could make significant contributions as a two-phase playmaker for the Patriots. NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks

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