#1. Kevin Dodd
Kevin Dodd may be one of the most overshadowed draft prospects ever, playing behind the likes of Vic Beasley and alongside Shaq Lawson.
What Dodd did this year is incredible.
Dodd recorded 23.5 tackles for a loss and 12 sacks during his final campaign with the Clemson Tigers. That’s just shy of his All-American teammate.
It was what Dodd did on the biggest stage of all that took the attention of many. Against the great power of Alabama in the National Championship Game, Dodd had what could be labeled as the ultimate breakout performance –if he needed one.
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During the National Championship alone, Dodd record 5 tackles for a loss and 3 sacks. It was the fifth consecutive game Dodd had recorded a sack.
His lack of on-the-field game experience may detour some general managers away on draft day. One would hope his ability, coupled with his perfect football frame, would be enough to attract the attention of Ted Thompson.
Dodd is a redshirt junior who played a year at the Hargrave Military Academy before arriving at Clemson.
It’s an Academy known for churning out talent.
Some may argue the short resume of success for Kevin Dodd is too much to risk a high draft pick on. You could also argue playing opposite of Shaq Lawson was a huge part of his success.
Watch the tape of Kevin Dodd. Pay special attention to the game against Oklahoma when Lawson is sidelined with an injury. Pay even more attention to the game against Alabama when Lawson is just a little over a week off of that same injury.
Kevin Dodd is a star waiting to happen at the next level. Will Ted Thompson capitalize on Dabo’s gem?
Kevin Dodd highlight film