– The Buffalo Bills selected Temple OL Dion Dawkins
(Rahway, N.J.) in the second round of the 2017 National Football League Draft on Friday evening.
Dawkins was the 63rd selection in the 2017 NFL Draft and is the second Temple player drafted this year with Haason Reddick
selected yesterday by the Arizona Cardinals with the 13th overall pick.
Dawkins was a four-year letterwinner and a team captain during his senior year. He was a pivotal part of the Owls' offensive line as he compiled 40 starts during his illustrious career. In 2015, Dawkins was given fourth-team Phil Steele All-American honors while in 2016 he was a unanimous first team all-conference selection. He helped the duo of Ryquell Armstead
and Jahad Thomas
each rush for over 900 yards and 13+ touchdowns, marking the first time that has happened in school history.
"Dion is one of the elite offensive linemen in the draft, a very important position for an NFL team," said Temple head coach Geoff Collins
. "The way he works, the way he competes – he's going to make Buffalo very proud."
Dawkins is the 68th
Temple football player to be drafted into the NFL. Before Dawkins and Reddick, Temple had three players selected a season ago – Tavon Young, Matt Ioannidis, and Tyler Matakevich – which tied a school record for most players drafted in one year.
Dawkins joins Robby Anderson (New York Jets), Kyle Friend (Pittsburgh), Ioannidis (Washington), Matakevich (Pittsburgh), Brandon McManus (Denver), Reddick (Arizona), Brandon Shippen (Los Angeles Rams), Tahir Whitehead (Detroit), Wilkerson (New York Jets), and Young (Baltimore) as former Owls currently active in the NFL.