Dakota Dozier joins Minnesota for his sixth NFL season in 2019. The West Columbia, South Carolina, native was originally selected by the New York Jets in the fourth round (137th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. In six seasons with the Jets, Dozier appeared in 38 career games with seven starts, spending time at both left and right guard. The former Furman Paladin most recently spent the 2018 season playing under current Vikings Offensive Line Coach/Run Game Coordinator Rick Dennison, making six game appearances and two starts.
As a collegian Dozier made 44 career starts for Furman, and was a First Team All-SoCon selection following both the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Dozier was also named a unanimous First Team FCS All-American following the 2013 season, only the seventh unanimous All-American in program history.