Paul Dawson (American football)

Paul Dawson
No. 47Cincinnati Bengals
Position: Inside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1993-01-13) January 13, 1993
Place of birth: Dallas, Texas
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: Dallas (TX) Skyline
College: Texas Christian
NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 3 / Pick: 99
Career history
Roster status: Practice squad
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2015
Total tackles: 12
Sacks: 0.0
Forced fumbles: 0
Interceptions: 0
Player stats at

Paul Dawson (born January 13, 1993) is an American football linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Bengals in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played college football at TCU.

Early years

Dawson graduated in 2011 from Skyline High School in Dallas, Texas,[1][2] where he was utilized at wide receiver, helping lead Skyline to a 9-3 overall record as a senior, including a 7-0 district mark. He also competed as a hurdler on the track team.

College career

In 2014 Dawson was named a first team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation as well as USA Today.[3] Dawson was also named Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year along with being named a first-team all conference selection.[4]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 0 in 235 lb 4.93 s 1.60 s 2.80 s 4.49 s 6.76 s 28 in 9 ft 0 in 21 reps
All values from NFL Combine and Pro Day[5]

Dawson was selected with the last pick of the third round (99th overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. Following the selection, Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther compared him to Bengals Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict. A projected second round pick entering the draft, Dawson was considered a steal when the Bengals selected him.

On September 4, 2016, Dawson was waived by the Bengals.[6] Three days later, he was signed to the Bengals' practice squad.[7]


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