Clemson DE Kevin Dodd Emerging as NFL Draft’s Fastest Riser

January 19, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Heading into the 2015 regular season, Kevin Dodd of Clemson was a 23-year-old defensive end with no sacks in his college career, as he was previously featured as a reserve pass-rusher for the Tigers.
The redshirt junior has gone from zero to hero over the past couple months, parlaying on-field success into the hottest name in the draft community.
Before December, it was rare to see Dodd's name mentioned as a draft prospect. Looking at his Google Trends data, he's been about 10-to-16 times more popular on America's largest search engine in January than in any other month during this past college football season.
The first time Dodd's candidacy for the 2016 NFL draft surfaced was after Brad Senkiw of the Independent Mail reported that the lineman had applied for feedback from the draft advisory board, a body that gives first- and second-round grades, as well as a "go back" response. Still, Senkiw stated that Dodd was "leaning heavily toward playing...

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