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- Position: Center (C)
- Class: Senior
- College: Auburn
- Ht/Wt: 6'3", 295 pounds
I look at Reese Dismukes and I see a guy who looks ready to play in the NFL already, and projects as an eventual starting center. A four-year starting center for Auburn, Dismukes has a great core; he is rarely walked backwards in the pocket. Dismukes plays with a wide base and his feet underneath him, keeping him ready for whatever the defender brings. Auburn runs a very simplified blocking scheme, but he showed a good sense for when and where to pick up a defender or advance to the second level, which was encouraging.
His mobility in the forward direction is good. Dismukes sometimes struggles to meet his opponent in space, but that's a problem that many linemen have. He is very tough to disengage from, as he gets his hands inside the pads and latches on effectively. His strength looks like it can be applied to the run game too, though he's mostly best at not giving ground rather than moving a defender backward right now. He was also a team captain in 2013 and 2014.
Dismukes had some really encouraging film, and I always appreciate seeing a center with a strong anchor. He doesn't seem like the type who will benefit from the pre-draft process. Being 6'3" 295 pounds, he's not going to suit every team's preferences, and I wouldn't be surprised if his overall athleticism is average or below average. But his combination of power, field awareness, technique, and just enough mobility makes him a center I'd be happy to have on my team. I grade him in the second round, seeing a future outcome of a long term starting center. I'm not sure if he's a fit for Buffalo's offensive line, though: Eric Wood is the team's "smallest" player there, at 6'4", 310 pounds.