Andre Dillard hails from Woodinville, Washington where he played his high school ball at Woodinville High. Dillard was named to the Seattle Times All-Area First Team. During his four-year stay in Pullman, he started 39 out of 42 total games at left tackle. Dillard was awarded All America Honors and All Pac-12 First Team as a senior
There will always be questions with left tackle prospects who play in an air raid scheme with wide splits. The purpose of the wide splits was to create passing lanes for the quarterback. In recent years, Mike Leach and other air raid coordinators have reduced the splits to run more power run concepts. Regardless, during Dillard’s time as a starter he was primarily seen in a 2 point stance. That shouldn’t be seen as a negative though.
5 reps of Andre Dillard vs Stanford.— Billy Marshall (@BillyM_91) February 10, 2019
Shows great hands, feet, and strength to anchor. Stanford's edge rusher kept attempting to long arm him, but he managed to swipe it away and hold his own. pic.twitter.com/nYpwJ2kRou
Dillard’s reps in these clips not only show the smoothness to his game, but also how fundamentally sound he is. He could get his chest exposed initially, but he has active hands to fight it away. His footwork and hands are in sync, which provides him the avenue to counter most pass rushes.
Dillard vs Oregon.— Billy Marshall (@BillyM_91) February 10, 2019
Effective kick slide, long arms help him redirect, and even when he's late he shows good recovery. pic.twitter.com/WCN9IfO5WT
This isn’t meant to be hyperbole, but his performance vs Oregon was flawless. I didn’t see him get beat once. Given Washington State’s 51/20 pass run split in this game, that is remarkable production. Dillard showed that he can control defenders if he wins early in the rep.
Dillard is also very good when he’s on the move. He locates his target and lands a solid block while moving.
Dillard did run into issues with his depth at times. The wide splits are also designed to put stress on the offensive tackles to win their assignment. More often than not, Dillard did. Speed rushers who take an up field path before dipping inside can present an issue moving forward. I still don’t think it is cause for concern because Dillard’s overall skill set as a pass blocker is more than good enough.
Fit with Carolina
As a run blocker, Dillard isn’t the most technically sound. However, his core strength as a pass blocker does bode well for him to translate it as a run blocker too. Norv Turner did a fine job of scheming up run plays last season. Run blocking for offensive tackles isn’t as critical as pass blocking in Carolina’s scheme. It’s no secret that the Panthers will have to move on from Matt Kalil no later than 2020. Dillard would be an ideal left tackle. I would have no issue selecting him in the second round, but with the right Combine testing I could be persuaded to select him in the first round.