COLUMBIA (WACH) -- The New York Jets selected Brookland-Cayce & Furman alum Dakota Dozier in the 4th round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Dozier was the Jets' 3rd pick in the 4th round (number 137 overall) and took to
to express his gratitude at being selected:
J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets!!!
â?? Dakota Dozier (@BullDozier78) May 10, 2014
â?? Dakota Dozier (@BullDozier78) May 11, 2014
According to the Jets, Dozier was called a "pancake machine" by one personnel analyst and rose up to Furman's better competition such as LSU.
The Jets said they may move Dozier from tackle to guard, a move Dozier told the Jets' he'd be ready for:
"My O-line coach at Furman, Coach [Scott] Smouse, he made us learn all assignments at all of the positions, not just tackle, so I already knew all of the guard stuff and was able to play our last two playoff games at guard," Dozier said. "That was really exciting. Then going out at the East-West game playing guard as well, I really enjoyed the opportunity, I showed that I could do that as well. Iâ??m just ready to come in and play wherever it is. Iâ??m very excited to be a Jet."
The 2009 graduate of Brookland-Cayce High School was overlooked by major Division One football schools and only received scholarship offers from Appalachian State and Furman. After deciding his future home would be as a Paladin, he planned on proving the doubters wrong.
"Whether they overlooked me or didn't think I was good enough to play, it just gave me extra motivation." Dozier said.
Five years later, Dozier has his degree from Furman and was a four-year starter on the offensive line, including a two-time All-American, and now he's off to New York to play for the Jets.
To see Dozier training and more of the interview,