Dante Fowler Jr. had to wait toward the end of the pro day schedule to showcase his talents to NFL scouts, but the pass rusher didn't dissapoint, as he solidifed his position as a top talent in this year's draft.
University of Florida pass rusher Dante Fowler Jr. set out to prove he's a surefire top-five talent in this year's NFL draft at the school's pro day on Tuesday.
As he went through drills, the 6-foot-3, 261 pounder showed "suddenness in all of his movements" according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt.
"It went great," Fowler told GatorZone.com following his workout. "Just being out here with the guys again and just being able to be with my brothers and have fun and do the thing that we love. I did a couple drills. I worked out at outside linebacker and line. I felt good."
Fowler's name has been floated around the front of most mock drafts, even appearing next to the Washington Redskins in a few.
He started his Florida career as a defensive end, earning First-Team SEC Coaches' All-Freshman honors at the position.
Under former Florida head coach Will Muschamp's defense, Fowler occasionally played outside linebacker as well, showing the versatility to play multiple positions.
Now with his next team being of the NFL variety, Fowler is considered both an elite defensive end and outside linebacker prospect.
"I feel like I can do anything, and I can say that because Coach Muschamp, when he was here, he had the multiple scheme defense," Fowler said when asked about a possible NFL position. "I felt great doing both. I had my hand in the dirt my first two years a lot. In my last two years, I stood up the most because I was the Buck linebacker, the outside linebacker."
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Fowler isn't the only top draft prospect whose NFL positon remains unknown, but the All-SEC selection believes he does have a little bit more of a jumpstart over the competition with his experience at different levels of the defense.
"I know a lot of guys can just put their hand in the dirt and they might be a little raw when they come out here and do the footwork drills, but I felt great doing both," Fowler said.
Fowler's stock soared during his last season at Florida, as he got the upper-hand on many other NFL prospects in the SEC, recording 60 tackles and 8.5 sacks.
With the NFL Combine and pro day in his rearview mirror, Fowler is ready to hear his name called later this month and having his lifelong dream reached.
"To hear my name in that conversation, just in the top-10, and just being a first-round draft pick, and to just be able to know that you're going to get drafted, and your dream is going to become true, it's a true blessing," he said.