by J.T. Toth
Photo courtesy of NC State Athletics.
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Today’s Spotlight - N.C. State, Center, Dylan McMahon
Name- Dylan McMahon
Team- N.C. State
HT/WT- 6’4” 305 lbs.
Home – Savannah, GA
Dylan McMahon played on both sides of the line at Savannah Christian Prep. As a senior, he collected 87 tackles and 4 sacks on defense, while being credited with 45 knockdown blocks.
He redshirted in 2019 after playing in 4 games, with 1 start. McMahon started getting quality playing time in 2020. He played in 9 games and started the last 7 of those at right guard.
In 2021, he started 5 games at right guard and 7 at left guard. He also saw some playing time at center in a win over Furman.
He started the first 10 games at right guard in 2022, and then was moved to center after the injury of All-ACC center Grant Gibson. This season, he started all 11 games at center and showed off his versatility by being more than just a fill in. He proved to scouts that he is a versatile offensive lineman who can play center or either guard position.
Though he doesn’t look athletic, he has a fluid style and can reach and make blocks on the second level. He made Bruce Feldman’s Freaks List in 2021, power-cleaning over 400 lbs. and has also recorded a vertical jump of 32”. He has quick and strong hands and stays in control while in one-on-one combat. His football IQ is off the charts and he has proven to learn on the go when he has had to. He will be a team leader and already calls out blitzes. He is good enough to be a starting center in the league, but it will be his versatility that will help him get selected as the draft marches on. He reads blitzes and stunts well and understands when combo blocks are needed.
Though McMahon is strong, he does not balance his strength by driving with his lower half. In the NFL, he will not be able to get away with just using his upper body strength and will need to improve his footwork. He pulls well but tends to miss his targets on the second level once he gets there. He has a habit of running with his head down and loses track of defensive players and sometimes the ball carrier. He seems to get tired as games go on and loses some of his strength and speed and plays off-balance on occasion.
The versatility and style of play reminds Draft Nation of Luke Eichenberg who was a 2nd round draft pick out of Notre Dame in 2021. Eichenberg moved from tackle to center and has been effective in using his length to help his transition. Mcmahon has the same makeup and the football IQ to play center in the NFL. Eichenberg was selected as a tackle and McMahon will not be drafted until the back end of the 2024 draft. But at the end of the day, McMahon has the skillset and the smarts to be a starting center and at worst, a depth piece for an offensive line.
Upper body strength
Dylan McMahon has the upper body strength and football IQ to excel in the NFL. His ability to play either guard or center will make him a valuable pick later in the draft. If McMahon falls in the right situation, he can add depth and leadership to an offensive line on day one.
Draft 412 Draft Projection - Round 5 or Round 6