The Stanford Cardinal saw their second big-time offensive player commit to the next level this week as longtime center Drew Dalman has announced his decision to head to the 2021 NFL Draft.
“Coming to Stanford has always been a dream of mine and these past four years have been everything I hoped they would be. In my time at Stanford, I was fortunate enough to learn from fantastic coaches, the best strength staff in the country and incredible teammates. I will always be thankful for the knowledge and companionship they allowed me to earn as well as the opportunities they made possible. Fortunately, I now have the opportunity to fulfill another one of my goals and for that reason I am declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Once again, thank you to Coach Carberry, Coach Shaw, Coach Pritchard and my brothers. I will always be grateful.”
Originally from Salinas, Dalman’s top blocking paved the way for Stanford’s four-game win streak to close out the season. Per the Stanford release on Dalman’s departure to the NFL, “His grade of 84.8 from Pro Football Focus was the highest among all centers in the Pac-12.”
He earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors this season and was a member of the Second-Team All-Pac-12 in 2019. He, of course, is the son of Chris Dalman, former Stanford Cardinal himself and a member of the San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XXIX Championship team.
Congratulations on a great Cardinal career, Drew! We appreciate everything you gave to Stanford and wish you the best of luck in the league!