Former Clemson defensive end Kevin Dodd has legit momentum going into the upcoming NFL combine with his three-sack and five tackles for loss performance in the National Championship game against Alabama and also finishing the season strong with a streak of five consecutive games with a sack.
"Eyebrows were raised when I reported from Shrine Game practice that a number of teams grade Kevin Dodd over his Clemson teammate Shaq Lawson and as time passes those rumblings continue to get louder," Pauline said. "Much has to do with the fact team’s believe Dodd brings more upside and a higher ceiling compared to Lawson. Dodd is expected to measure 6-feet/5-inches and 275lbs at the combine and has a height advantage over Lawson. As of this posting Dodd has been informed he will only be asked to participate in defensive line work at the combine despite the fact there are a number of 3-4 teams considering him at outside linebacker. He has been working on linebacker techniques with former NFL defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell and will run through OLB position drills during Pro-day if asked. I’m told his forty goal at the combine is 4.8-seconds or faster."
Dodd had a breakout 2015 season being awarded to the honorable mention All-ACC team with 62 tackles, 12 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss (second in the nation behind Lawson). His quarterback pressure season totals went up from three to an amazing 46 this past season.