Every year around this time I begin to spotlight players I think may fit the mold of a Dave Gettleman draft pick. Last season my first spotlight was Shaq Thompson. Lets see if lightning strikes twice.
Kevin Dodd - Defensive End - Clemson
Clemson actually has a couple of defensive end prospects coming out in the draft this year. Only one fits the Dave Gettleman profile. When looking at anyone on the line, I look for size.
Dodd is listed at 6'5 and 275 pounds. This is the physical prototype for a rookie 4-3 defensive end. As good ole Dave says, it takes big men to win games.
Dodd finished the season last year with a sack in the final 5 games of the year. He also put up 3 sacks against Alabama. That tells me he rises to the occasion, an intangible that should not be overlooked.
Dodd is currently projected as a late first round to early second round pick right where the Panthers could grab him. He would not only be the best player available, but fill a huge need as well.
Charles Johnson was nearly invisible this past season, and now his status as a Carolina Panther is up in the air. We have yet to see if the Panthers will keep him around or release him. His large 2016 cap number tells us something will be done with him. Addison, Horton, Delaire, all backups at best. The Panthers need a full time starter opposite rising star Kony Ealy.
The biggest downside to Dodd is his lack of experience, which may be why he drops to the Panthers position in the draft. History tells us that Gettleman won't hesitate to choose a player high on ability but low on experience. You only need to look as far as Kony Ealy to validate that statement.
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