Duke Dawson
Personal information
Born: (1995-10-13) October 13, 1995 (age 28)
Cross City, Florida, U.S.
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school:Dixie County
(Cross City, Florida)
NFL draft:2018 / Round: 2 / Pick: 56
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:27
Fumble recoveries:1
Pass deflections:2
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Duke Dawson (born October 13, 1995) is an American football cornerback who is a free agent. He played college football at Florida.

Early years

Dawson is from Cross City, Florida, and went to Dixie County High School there.

College career

Despite speculation that he would forgo his senior season and declare for the 2017 NFL Draft, Dawson later announced that he would return to Florida for his senior year.[1] During his senior season, he defended 13 passes, leading the Gators and tying for third in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). His accomplishments lead him to be selected for the Coaches All-SEC First-team.[2]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Bench press
5 ft 10+58 in
(1.79 m)
197 lb
(89 kg)
31+12 in
(0.80 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
4.46 s 1.53 s 2.62 s 4.39 s 7.02 s 15 reps
All values from NFL Combine/Pro Day[3][4]

New England Patriots

The New England Patriots selected Dawson in the second round with the 56th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.[5] On September 6, 2018, Dawson was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.[6] On November 13, 2018, the Patriots activated Dawson off of injured reserve.[7] Despite being taken off injured reserve Dawson was inactive for the rest of the season. He did not appear in a single game. The Patriots would go on to reach and win Super Bowl LIII where they beat the Los Angeles Rams 13–3.[8]

Denver Broncos

On August 30, 2019, Dawson and a seventh-round pick were traded to the Denver Broncos for a sixth-round pick.[9]

In Week 14 of the 2020 season, Dawson suffered a torn ACL,[10] and was placed on injured reserve on December 16, 2020.[11]

On September 1, 2021, Dawson was placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list to start the season.[12] He was activated on November 8, then waived and re-signed to the practice squad.[13][14] His contract expired when the teams season ended on January 8, 2022.

Carolina Panthers

On July 29, 2022, Dawson signed with the Carolina Panthers.[15] He was placed on injured reserve on August 23.[16] He was waived on August 25, 2022.[17]

Pittsburgh Steelers

On October 12, 2022, Dawson was signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad.[18] He signed a reserve/future contract on January 10, 2023.[19] However, he was waived/injured on August 14,[20] and placed on injured reserve. He was released on August 21.


  1. ^ Hutchins, Andy (January 3, 2017). "Florida's Duke Dawson announces return for senior season". Alligator Army. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  2. ^ McPherson, Jordan (December 5, 2017). "Florida football: Duke Dawson headlines Gators on Coaches All-SEC teams". SECCountry.com. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  3. ^ "Duke Dawson Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  4. ^ "2018 NFL Draft Scout Duke Dawson College Football Profile". DraftScout.com. Retrieved April 16, 2023.
  5. ^ Hewitt, Stephen (April 27, 2018). "Patriots take CB Duke Dawson with No. 56 overall pick". Boston Herald. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  6. ^ "Patriots make roster transactions". Patriots.com. September 6, 2018.
  7. ^ "Patriots Activate DB Duke Dawson to the 53-Man Roster". Patriots.com. November 13, 2018.
  8. ^ Shpigel, Ben (February 4, 2019). "Patriots Win in Lowest-Scoring Super Bowl Ever". The New York Times. Retrieved October 31, 2023.
  9. ^ Smith, Michael David (August 30, 2019). "Patriots trade Duke Dawson to Broncos". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  10. ^ Smith, Michael David (December 14, 2020). "Broncos lose Duke Dawson to torn ACL". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  11. ^ DiLalla, Aric (December 16, 2020). "Broncos sign CB Parnell Motley off 49ers' practice squad, activate Jeff Driskel from Reserve/COVID-19 list". DenverBroncos.com. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  12. ^ DiLalla, Aric (August 31, 2021). "Broncos make series of roster transactions to reach 53-man limit". DenverBroncos.com.
  13. ^ DiLalla, Aric (November 9, 2021). "Broncos promote G Austin Schlottmann to active roster, place G Graham Glasgow on IR". DenverBroncos.com.
  14. ^ Swanson, Ben (November 10, 2021). "Broncos claim CB Mac McCain III off waivers from Eagles, sign CB Duke Dawson Jr. to the practice squad". DenverBroncos.com.
  15. ^ Gantt, Darin (July 29, 2022). "Panthers sign cornerback Duke Dawson". Panthers.com.
  16. ^ Gantt, Darin (August 23, 2022). "Matt Corral placed on season-ending injured reserve". Panthers.com.
  17. ^ "Duke Dawson: Gets let go by Carolina".
  18. ^ Varley, Teresa (October 12, 2022). "Steelers sign Dawson to practice squad". Steelers.com.
  19. ^ "Steelers sign 10 to Reserve/Future contracts". Steelers.com. January 10, 2023. Archived from the original on February 7, 2023. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  20. ^ Varley, Teresa (August 14, 2023). "Steelers make camp roster moves". Steelers.com. Retrieved August 15, 2023.

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