Versatility is something that is often said about offensive linemen, but any offensive lineman that can be described that way brings a ton of value to a college football program.
That’s exactly how I would describe Landon Dickerson. He is a swing candidate on the offensive line that could actually project to play all five position on the offensive line at the next level.
Even though Dickerson is 6’5″, he looks a little bit short armed for his height. He is very well put together. A lot of 300 pound kids are fairly sloppy and have a lot of work to do to re-shape their body when they get to college. Not so with Dickerson right now. He is a good athlete for the position and has above average feet.
Dickerson lines up all over the line for his high school and even in the backfield as a lead blocker. He moves really well and can get out to the second level. He will cheat a bit with his stance to give away that he is pulling, but most high school offensive linemen do the same.
He can do a better job of fitting his blocking consistently when he pulls. What is very encouraging is the violence he arrives with on contact. He wants de-cleat defenders when he hits them. Generally he is a nasty football player that loves to finish at the echo of the whistle. He will go look for more work as well after his initial block.
He shows the feet to get out and reach defenders on the edge and consistently play with good pad level.
I didn’t get to see much of him pass block on film, but I did see him do it at The Opening. He struggle a bit on the first day and looked a little bit raw and overextended at times. I thought he improved as the camp wore on and showed a good punch and a high compete level against some very good competition. He was pretty light on his feet and I think showed that he could develop as a tackle.
I mentioned his versatility and I do think he could be developed at every position on the line. I think his best position will be guard, though, and he could play that in just about any scheme.
I think Dickerson has the potential to be a high level starter at the next level and an all-conference candidate before he leaves college. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him eventually develop into one of the top run blockers in the nation.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach)