Kyle Dugger’s time has arrived.
It didn’t take long for any coach at Lenoir-Rhyne University to recognize Kyle Dugger as an NFL prospect. That was evident every time he stepped on the practice field. It was clear when a player of his size returned every punt. You’re not supposed to move like that when you’re 6-foot-2, 220 pounds.
The fact that a player of his caliber was playing at the Division II level was uncommon, but not rare for a late bloomer. Dugger was hiding in plain sight of the NFL until March 2019.
That’s when Seattle Seahawks scout Ryan Florence traveled to Hickory, North Carolina. In the NFL, most teams subscribe to one or two scouting services – BLESTO or National Football Scouting. It’s up to the scouts to measure and time underclassmen a year before they are eligible for the draft and then upload the information to the website.
Florence measured Dugger’s arms, height and weight for the NFS service. For a safety, Dugger’s wingspan (78.5…