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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.

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

Table inside Article
YEARGPUATTPDFFFRINTYDS
2014Did not play - Redshirt
2015103013431022428
2016Did not play - Medical Redshirt
20171057308772110
2018145026761323343
20197151631600293
Totals4215285237366610164

PUNT RETURNS

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YEARNO.YDS.AVG.LGTD
2014Did not play - Redshirt
20154235.8181
2016Did not play - Medical Redshirt
2017201979.9381
20183153417.2692
20191217514.6682
Totals6792913.9696

WORKOUT NUMBERS

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DUGGERCOMBINE AVG. FOR POS.
Height6-15-11
Weight217205
40 Yards4.494.54
Bench (225)1717
Vertical Jump42.032.2
Long Jump134.0126.2
ShuttleDNP4.22
ConeDNP6.93

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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