The Miami Dolphins love them some Clemson University football players during this draft process.
The team has done significant work and shown major interest in Clemson linebacker B.J Goodson, the Tigers' defensive team captain. He either has visited or is visiting, depending on what source is talking, but the bottom line is he and Dolphins coaches are meeting.
The team is also visiting this week with Clemson defensive end Kevin Dodd, who might be lesser known than Tigers star defensive end Shaq Lawson, but might become a more productive NFL player. Dodd, 6-5 and 277 pounds, is considered a second-round selection.
Both Goodson and Dodd played great in 2015, helping the Tigers reach the national title game.
Both are considered future NFL starters.
Goodson has visited with seven teams, including the New York Jets.
Goodson, 6-1 and 242 pounds, led the Tigers with 108 tackles, 14 of those for losses and had 5.5 sacks. Goodson seems to have position flexibility in that he might be a fit either in the middle of a 4-3 defense, inside a 3-4 defense, or perhaps even outside in a 4-3 defense. Although he needs coaching to improve his coverage skills (what college kid doesn't?) Goodson displayed an excellent all-around game last season, intercepting two passes, breaking up three others, and forcing a fumble to earn third-team All-ACC honors from league coaches.
If you want to see B.J. Goodson at his best, check out how he competed against Notre Dame's offensive lineman Nick Martin, brother of Cowboys guard Zack Martin, on tape. It was a fight of two future NFL players -- and Goodson won.
In short, Goodson seems to be around the football all the time. He seems headed anywhere from the middle of the second round to the third round.
Dodd is obviously something of a project but because of his size and the fact he is an edge rusher, his stock is rising. He recently visited San Francisco and Seattle, the latter of which makes sense because some have compared Dodd to Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett.