DE Quinton Dial, Alabama
Drafted: Fifth Round, No. 157
One of the needs for the San Francisco 49ers heading into the draft was getting depth at defensive line. With the selection of Quinton Dial, the Niners added their second defensive lineman of draft to the roster. Dial will be more of a project, but he has a great size to play the five-technique spot in the Niners 3-4 defense. He will likely be on the playing field a lot this upcoming season as part of the rotation on the defensive line to keep the starters fresh and rested throughout the game.
In 2011 when Dial won the National Championship with Alabama, he played in 12 games recording 24 tackles, three for a loss, and one sack. In his senior year, he had 21 tackles, five for a loss, and 1.5 sacks.
STRENGTHS – Dial has a massive frame that he uses well to overpower blockers when using proper leverage. He uses his long arms well to block off throwing lanes when stoned at the point of attack or on quick throws. Has the versatility to play the DE or at DT depending on the scheme or game situation.
WEAKNESSES – Very raw when comes to instincts and using his size to win consistently at the point of attack. He struggles to bend his knees which allows blockers to gain an maintain leverage. Extremely inconsistent and can disappear in games. Used primarily in passing situations but struggles to get to the QB do to poor first step. Shows no real counter move once blocked and stops his feet once engaged.
SUMMARY – Quinton Dial came to the Crimson Tide from East Mississippi CC and made in instant impact on an already deep defensive line. He brings a huge frame that can engulf smaller blockers and cause QBs to find smaller throwing lanes when he gets a push. Although his size can be a major strength it also causes him issues with lowering his pad level and getting off blocks due to poor leverage. In many of their big games he failed to make any real impact and got lost in the shuffle. At the next level he should get a look and would make a nice free agent signing, but will need time to develop before making a squad. If he can turn some heads in camp he could be ripe for a practice squad role for a team, but in the end he at best is a rotational player on the defensive line that could play both inside and out, which adds value to any team.
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