Walter Dublin working out in preparation for the draft.
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The story of Walter "Scooter" Dublin is a very difficult one to find, and I mean that very literally. With such an interesting path to the NFL draft, you'd think that google could find better stories than 2006 high school recruiting news. Back in 2006, Dublin was one of the top recruits in the state of Florida, receiving offers from Ohio State, Clemson, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota and Virginia Tech. He eventually decided upon Ohio State and joined as one of the top recruits in a Buckeye recruit class that featured Thaddeus Gibson, Chris Wells and Kurt Coleman.
Dublin never saw the field at OSU during his freshman year and unfortunate circumstances prevented him from ever seeing it again as a Buckeye. Following his freshman season, Dublin's mother became ill and Dublin dropped out of school to care for her and work full time to support her. In 2008 Dublin returned to football, transferring to the small Central Connecticut State. After participating in spring practices and the spring game, Dublin left the University after receiving a contract offer from Arena League 2 team, the Lubbock Renegades.
As a 19 year old Walter Dublin became the youngest player to ever sign an arena league contract. Dublin finally saw the football field for the first time since high school when he played rush linebacker for the Renegades. Dublin accumulated 7 sacks and 9 tackles for losses in his time with Lubbock. Now at 21, Dublin is trying to work his way onto an NFL roster whether that be through the draft or undrafted free agency.
With so little playing time after high school, Dublin is a very raw, undeveloped player, but athleticism is certainly there. Here are some measurables from Dublin himself:
"My current height is 6'3, weight is 270lbs. As far as workout numbers go, they are still in progress as I still have almost 4 weeks of training left before I show for any scouts. But as of now I am at a 4.39s in the short shuttle, we haven't ran full 40's yet, but I was timed at a 1.62 laser timed 10 yd split, 28 bench reps as of now, 34'' vertical and we havent done broad jump yet. Like I said, I anticipate getting even better, due to me still tweaking some of my mechanics and techniques, but thats what I have as of now." - Walter Dublin (February 2010)
Although Dublin didn't give a 40 time in that quote, his time is rumored to be around 4.62 seconds. Judging by strictly numbers, Dublin has measurables not far off from those of Jason Pierre-Paul. To say that he could be drafted is not out of the question. The Jaguars along with the Giants, 49ers, Vikings, Titans, Chiefs, Dolphins, Texans, Packers and Lions have shown interest in the defensive end.
Video Killed the Scouting Report:
Walter Dublin: By The Numbers
Position 1: Defensive End
Position 2: N/A
|Class: Senior||Age: 21|
Projected Round: 6th-UDFA