Several Clemson juniors mulling NFL decisions
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Clemson defensive end Kevin Dodd told local reporters on Tuesday night that he had turned in his NFL draft advisory paperwork.
"I just try to continue to get better. Hopefully, these next two games could put me out there. If it doesn't I can use that next season (here)," Dodd said.
Dodd wants to know how he stacks up against other defensive players in the upcoming NFL draft.
"I have submitted my papers. I want some feedback," Dodd said. "Just to see where I stand. I'm willing to come back next year and take that leadership role. If that's not the case, then it's not the case. But I have been in this program four years. I felt like I have contributed well. I'm not saying I am leaving but if I did, I don't think I would be selfish. But I do want to come back and have that dominant season, but I do want to see where I stand."
Dodd, a career backup who logged less than 100 snaps a year ago, had a breakout season in 2015 where he finished with 74 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 12 quarterback pressures and eight sacks.
Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson has said that he will enter the 2016 NFL draft, and he led the nation in tackles for loss with 22.5 and was a finalist for the Nagurski Award, Lombardi Award, and Hendricks Award.
Many feel that cornerback Mackensie Alexander and safety Jayron Kearse (both named to All-America teams) have sent in their NFL draft advisory paperwork but were unavailable to the media on Tuesday.
Kearse has 74 tackles on the season including 61 first hits while Alexander has only given up 11 pass completions in man coverage all season.
On offense, running back Wayne Gallman and tight end Jordan Leggett said that they will make up their mind about the NFL after the season is over.
Gallman has been a workhorse all season with 243 rushes for 1332 yards and ten touchdowns.
Leggett was a John Mackey finalist this year and had 34 receptions for 442 yards and seven touchdowns on the season.
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