Equipped with the tools to make him a potential elite pass rusher in the NFL, Florida's Dante Fowler will likely hear his name called early in the first-round of this year's draft.
ESPN's John Keim is reporting that Florida pass rusher Dante Fowler Jr. is visiting the Washington Redskins today.
Fowler – a 6-foot-3, 261 pounder – is currently believed to be one of the top picks in this year's draft, whether it be as a defensive end or pass-rushing outside linebacker.
He was selected as a first-team All-SEC defensive end during the 2014 season, logging 60 tackles and 8.5 sacks.
Fowler occasionally played outside linebacker as well under former Florida head coach Will Muschamp, 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 told GatorZone.com 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."
Not only can Fowler play multiple positions, but his athleticism is something NFL scouts have noticed as well.
According to his NFL.com profile, Fowler has a "well-built athletic frame" and his weight chance – he shredded 25 pounds over the years – gave him "substantial explosiveness in space."
"Good first-step quickness. Uses improving spin move to counter when rush stalls high-side. Can dip and turn corner against upright tackles. Slants inside with devastating quickness. Well-timed arm over to whip lungers. Rangy in pursuit. Has hips and feet to change direction seamlessly. Can chase play-side running back to sideline and terminate with very little angle. Length to stifle cut blocks. Strong hands and arm extension to set edge and maintain," reads his strengths category.
Check out these photos of Dante Fowler Jr., an energetic and relentless edge rusher of the University of Florida.
With the NFL Combine and pro day in his rearview mirror, the only thing left for Fowler is visits like the one he is reportedly taking today with the Redskins.
Once those are complete, he'll finally get the chance to achieve his lifelong goal at the NFL Draft in Chicago.
"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.