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Matt Dodge (P)
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Selected by: New York Giants
Round: 7
Pick (Overall): 14 (221)
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Pick Analysis: The Giants finally inject some youth into the punter position. Last year, New York went with Jeff Feagles, the oldest player in the league. Feagles did not have a stellar campaign, and the versatile Dodge also has the potential to handle kickoff duties.

Overview

Dodge was a productive, three-year starter for the Pirates. He has above-average size and strength for the position. He doesn't have elite leg strength but can drive the ball at times. However, he can be slow with his get-off times. His mechanics can be inconsistent, which affects his overall production as a punter. Dodge is adept at dropping the ball inside the 20-yard line and appears to have the raw talent to develop his overall skills. He has shown some versatility with the ability to kick off, and this should improve his stock in this year's draft.


Strengths

Dodge has adequate size and athleticism to make tackles in punt coverage at the next level. Possesses an accurate leg and shows the ability to trap opponents inside the 20-yard line. Versatile punter who can kick off and make some field goals in a pinch.

Weaknesses

Lacks ideal leg extension, which limits his ability to boom the ball. Sloppy mechanics result in inconsistent punts, and he takes too long getting the ball off, which may lead to blocks at the next level. Struggles to consistently get good hang time and punts too many line drives past his coverage.

Grade

2.2

 
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