New York Jets: Five Way Too Early First Round Picks

Clemson DE Kevin Dodd

We just mentioned how Muhammad Wilkerson and Damon Harrison are both free agents this coming offseason. If the Jets are looking to add a defensive end rather than a tackle, Dodd could be their guy.

Standing at 6’4 and around 275lbs, Dodd possesses the type of size and speed for an NFL defensive end. He played in a 4-3 scheme at Clemson, but shouldn’t have too much trouble adapting to a 3-4 with his physical gifts.

Often overshadowed by fellow defensive end Shaq Lawson (whose a top ten pick, in all likelihood), Dodd put on a show in the national title game, recording 7 tackles, 5 for a loss, and 3 sacks. He finished the 2015 season with an impressive 12 sacks, which is sure to catch the eyes of most GM’s. His stock is definitely on the rise, and a strong combine could even sneak him into the top 15.

Go back and watch the Clemson-Alabama game again. You’ll see Dodd’s explosiveness early and often. He was in the Alabama backfield all night, despite the Tiger defense giving up over 40 points. Clemson may have lost the national title game, but Kevin Dodd may have earned himself millions in defeat.