2015 NFL Draft Profile: Reese Dismukes, C Auburn


 Auburn center Reese Dismukes is a solid center who can snap the ball and get back to blocking very quickly.  His major strength is pass protection, where he can get a low center of gravity to hold his ground against much bigger and stronger competition.  He has good strength for the position, but could use to hit the weight room to get stronger and bulk up in preparation for the NFL.

However, Dismukes shows great technique as a center and can be really impressive on tape.  This is especially true during pass plays, but he also shows a willingness and motor to be an effective run blocker.  His shorter arms limit his blocking area, but as long as he’s not asked to do too much in terms of changing up his protections, Reese Dismukes should be okay.

Reese Dismukes was a 4 year starter at Auburn who has shown consistency and ability over the course of his NCAA career and there isn’t much as far as reasons to doubt that he will transition to the NFL very well.  He does have a few physical limitations, but good teams and coaches will be able to use Dismukes in a way that nullifies his shorter arms and lack of bulk.

Jan 20, 2015; Fairhope, AL, USA; South squad offensive center Reese Dismukes of Auburn (50) walks out for South squad practice at Fairhope Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Combine Measurables:

  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 296 pounds
  • Arm Length: 32 1/4″
  • Hand Size: 8 7/8″
  • 40 Yard Dash: 5.31 seconds
  • Bench Press: 23 reps
  • Vertical Jump: 37.5″
  • Broad Jump: 107.0″
  • 3 Cone Drill: 8.14 seconds
  • 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.70 seconds

Draft Projection

Reese Dismukes is currently listed as the #77 overall prospect according to CBS Sports and is their #3 available center.  He is projected to be a second to third round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

NFL Player Comparison

  • NFL.com: Kory Lichtensteiger, Washington Redskins
  • CBSSports.com: N/A

Fit For The Vikings

Minnesota has locked up their starting center John Sullivan through 2017 and have two other players that can hold down the position if needed.  Center is currently not a huge need for Minnesota.

My Take

Since center isn’t a big need for the VIkings at this point, spending a second or third round selection on a player at that position seems a bit excessive.  Although I like Reese Dismukes and think he can become a solid NFL player, I don’t see him him the game plans for Minnesota during the 2015 NFL Draft.

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