Eagles Focus Mock Draft: Pick 9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Bucs- DE Kevin Dodd (Clemson)

Tampa was tied for 14th in the league last season with a total of 38 sacks under previous  head coach Lovie Smith.  The Bucs will look to get after opposing quarterbacks more effectively in 2016 with new defensive coordinator Mike Smith, previously of the Falcons.  Free agent defensive end Robert Ayers was signed during free agency to upgrade the position, but work still needs to be done in the draft.  Kevin Dodd from Clemson had an outstanding 2015 season where he totaled 12 sacks including three in the National Championship Game against Alabama.  Dodd measures in at 6’5 and upwards of 270 pounds so the frame is already in place to compete at the NFL level.  Scouts praise Dodd for his activity play in and play out along with his instinctiveness for the game itself.  The Clemson product has only one full year of experience as a starter which may cause some teams hesitation to take him so high.  However, the physical prowess of Dodd along with the coach ability factor should lessen the concerns.  Dodd is likely to be in a battle for the first 4-3 defensive end selected with his teammate from Clemson, Shaq Lawson.  He would compete with William Gholston for a starting spot opposite Robert Ayers.


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