Draft prospect grew up idolizing former Packers safety Nick Collins
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By Zach Kruse

Duke Dawson might be a cornerback, but the Green Bay Packers should probably gauge his interest in moving to safety.

The Florida defensive back grew up idolizing former Packers All-Pro safety Nick Collins, who Dawson now calls a “blood brother.” The two are from the same small town in northern Florida.

“I watched every game he played. I know everything about him,” Dawson said, according to Packers.com.

Collins is now retired, the result of a freak neck injury in 2011. But Dawson’s NFL journey is just beginning. He is currently rated as one of the better slot cornerbacks in the 2018 draft class and ticketed as a mid-round pick.

At 5-10 and 197 pounds (officially), Dawson’s dimensions aren’t far off from Collins, who was drafted in the second round out of Bethune-Cookman in 2005 and slowly developed into one of the game’s best all-around safeties.

At the combine in Indianapolis, Dawson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds. Collins ran it in 4.42 seconds in 2005.

An NFC scout told Lance Zierlein of NFL.com that Dawson has a “natural feel for the game no matter where they line him up.” All those years working and studying with Collins paid...



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