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Prospect Profile: Kevin Dodd

Take a look at Clemson's Kevin Dodd in action on the field.

In order to familiarize fans with some of the top names in the 2016 NFL Draft, Chargers.com will be highlighting a different prospect each weekday leading up to the first day of the draft on April 28th.

We continue the series with a scouting report of Clemson DE Kevin Dodd.

Name: Kevin DoddSchool: ClemsonHeight: 6-5Weight: 277 poundsPosition: DENFL Network Pro Comparison: Michael Bennett

Few prospects are ascending as fast in the lead up to the NFL Draft more than Kevin Dodd.

Fresh off an explosive junior season, the Clemson edge rusher is primed to be an early pick after posting 62 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss and 12.0 sacks in 2015.  Dodd recorded a sack in five straight games to end the season, totaling 7.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss over that span. Despite Clemson falling in the National Championship Game to Alabama, he had a breakout game on the big stage by tallying a career-high 3.0 sacks and seven total tackles.

Dodd's size and speed combination is off the charts.  The 6-5, 277-pounder ran an impressive 4.86 in the 40-yard dash at the Combine, and scouts claim he is even faster on the field thanks to his quick initial burst off the snap.  The highly competitive edge rusher also boasts a nonstop motor, and consistently wore down the opposition over the course of a game.

Perhaps the biggest knock on Dodd is his relative lack of experience.  He saw the field sparingly before his breakout junior season, and some pundits note how he feasted on lesser competition.  Nonetheless, while there may be a learning curve early in his career, his rare natural ability to wreak havoc off the edge is a coveted commodity in the NFL.

Combine Metrics40-Yard Dash: 4.86 seconds

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