Dylan Donahue – 2016 Defensive Player of the year in the Gulf South Conference. Last season at West Georgia, Donahue tallied 13.5 sacks. The year before 12 more. He has talent, but jumping from Division II to the NFL will take at least a season. He shouldn’t be a fish out of water for too long though – he should lean on his father who played for the 49ers and Broncos from ’91-’94.
It isn’t surprising the Jets drafted a pass rusher for the third straight year. Mike Maccagnan believes the Steelers have the ideal system of developing a deep rotation of pass rushers. To that effect, he studied their methods and is trying to incorporate that with the Jets. He believes that a teams like the Steelers are “constantly stocking their pool,” and building a “pipeline.”
Tidbit: Donahue will share something in common with his position coach, Kevin Greene: they were both selected in the 5th round. It will be hard to imagine that Greene won’t frequently remind Donahue of that.
What to expect: At the onset of Donahue’s career, expectations should be tempered. He will cut his teeth on special teams. While the depth chart is certainly not chiseled in granite, Donahue will have to compete with Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin, Corey Lemonier and Freddie Bishop for at the minimum sub-package play time.
Film: Albany State, highlight films
- Good burst off the LOS and keeps pad level low. Good bend around the edge. Quick burst and close on the turn.
- High motor player. Shocks on contact, but will have to work with his coach to develop better shed, slap/chop, club/rip moves.
- Has an adequate inside spin move. With proper refinement, it can be an effective counter move.
Donahue will have to marry himself to the weight room for the first year. At 240lbs, he just does not have the size/ strength combination to hold the point of attack. In time though, the tools are there to become a valuable edge rusher.