Carolina Panthers' NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Kevin Dodd

The Carolina Panthers have played close attention to the Clemson Tigers' defense from a season ago, including defensive end Kevin Dodd. This is the prospect profile for the pass rusher and how he might fit with the Carolina Panthers if selected by them.

College Stats/Awards

Season Total Tackles Tackles for a Loss Sacks
2012 7 0 0
2013 5 0 0
2014 8 2.5 0
2015 62 24 12.5

*Stats courtesy of Sports-Reference.com

Combine/Pro Day Results

Event NFL Combine Pro Day
40-yard Dash 4.86 seconds N/A
Bench Press N/A N/A
Vertical Jump N/A 30 1/2 inches
Broad Jump N/A 110 inches
3-Cone Drill N/A 7.18 seconds
20-yard Shuttle N/A 4.44 seconds
60-yard Shuttle N/A N/A

*Results courtesy of NFL.com

Strengths

  • Great Motor

One of the first things that stands out watching Kevin Dodd is his motor. He is always moving on the field and trying to get to the ball carrier. In the game against the Oklahoma Sooners, Dodd can be seen not only running down a scrambling quarterback but chasing after the running back.

  • Excellent Size

Dodd has the perfect size for a defensive end in a 4-3 defense. At 6'5" and 277 pounds he is not easy to move and is big enough to set the edge against the run.

  • Power/Speed Combo

Dodd is big enough to overpower offensive linemen but also showed an ability to beat his man with quickness to get to the quarterback. The Tigers' defensive end finished with 12.5 sacks this past season which ranked first in the ACC. This ability to switch between power and speed makes him that much tougher to block because offensive linemen will not be able to predict what Dodd is going to do.

Weaknesses

  • Lack of Experience

The biggest knock on Dodd may be the fact that he only has one real year of playing time at the college level. Entering his senior year, he only had 20 tackles over three seasons and 2.5 tackles for a loss. He obviously grabbed the attention of scouts with 12.5 sacks and 24 tackles for a loss in his final season for the Tigers. However, just like there is concern with players seeing stats spike in a contract year, some teams may shy away from using a first round pick on a player with limited experience.

How he fits with the Panthers?

Kevin Dodd would be a perfect fit for the Carolina Panthers defense as a defensive end. He has a similar frame to Kony Ealy with both defensive ends standing 6'5" and Dodd being only two pounds heavier.

The level of production is sometimes questioned with another excellent pass rusher on the other end in Shaquille Lawson in Clemson's defense last year. However playing on a line with the Panthers that includes Ealy, Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei would give Dodd plenty of winnable match-ups to exploit.

The Panthers though would be smart to ease Dodd into playing time as a rookie and a season to develop and play as a situational pass rusher would be incredibly beneficial. This would prepare Dodd to take over for Charles Johnson in 2017.

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