GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman All-America offensive lineman Dakota Dozier was selected by the New York Jets in the fourth round of the National Football League Draft Saturday afternoon.
The 37th pick of the fourth round and the 137th overall selection in this year's draft, he was the second Southern Conference player to be chosen and the sixth Football Championship Subdivision player to on the draft. Dozier is the highest drafted Furman player since All-America safety John Keith was taken in the fourth round (14th pick, 108th overall) by the San Francisco 49ers in 2000.
The 31st player in Furman history to be drafted, he is the first Paladin selected by the Jets.
Listed at 6-foot-4 and 313 pounds, Dozier, a four-year starter, was a three-time All-SoCon selection, two-time All-America choice, including a consensus pick in 2013, and recipient of the Southern Conference Jacobs Blocking Award this past year. He served as a team co-captain and contributed significantly to the Paladins' late season surge that netted Furman a SoCon championship and league's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs. During his career he helped pave the way for three consecutive 1,000-yard rushers at Furman (2011-13).
The West Columbia, S.C., product played in the prestigious East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., in January, and participated in the NFL Combine in February. He was named Furman Male Athlete of the Year on Apr. 28.
He will graduate from Furman on Saturday evening with a degree in health sciences.
Click here for Dakota Dozier's collegiate football career summary