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Johnny Dingle Scouting Report

Position: DE
Conference: Big12
School: West Virginia Mountaineers
Year/Status: Declared
Jersey Number: #92
Height & Weight: 6'3 - 270 lbs.

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Johnny Dingle, DE, West Virginia

Dingle has already decided that he'll be forgoing his senior season in order to go pro, making his official announcement on December 20. He originally signed with Florida out of high school, but academic-related issues helped send him on his way to West Virginia, where he sat out in 2004. In 2005, he made 13 total tackles (3.5 for loss) and three sacks as part of West Virginia's Big East and Sugar Bowl champion team. He cracked the starting lineup in 2006, making 18 total tackles (5.5 for loss), three sacks, two QB hurries, and a forced fumble in 12 games (five starts). 2007 has definitely been a breakout season for Dingle, to say the least. Entering the Mountaineers' upcoming Fiesta Bowl matchup against Oklahoma, Dingle has 46 tackles (18 for loss) and eight sacks. For his big season, he was named on the coaches' All-Big East second team. The impressive season that Dingle has had has no doubt put him on the draft radar, but now that he's declared, he has to show that his decision was the right one. His best chance to do so against some NFL-caliber offensive linemen is coming against Oklahoma, who has one of the best offensive lines in the country. A good performance against Oklahoma could show not only his nose for the backfield, but also that he's both fast enough and strong enough to hold his own on the next level. If he can do so and then make the best of his workouts between the end of the season and draft day, Dingle could work himself at least into the middle rounds. Update (1/4/08): In West Virginia's 48-28 win over Oklahoma in Wednesday night's Fiesta Bowl, Dingle aided a solid defensive effort by registering one of four sacks of OU's Sam Bradford and picked up two total tackles (both solo). Dingle finishes with 48 tackles (19 for loss) and nine sacks. Update (4/26/08): At the combine, Dingle (who came in at 6'1, 265) ran a 4.92 in the 40 and did 20 bench press reps. Dingle bettered his time at West Virginia's Pro Day, running a 4.78. Dingle projects as a second-day selection in this weekend's draft and will be taken in the middle rounds, at best.

Last Updated Apr-26-2008 by Joel Welser

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