The Tennessee Titans released outside linebacker Kevin Dodd on Tuesday, just two days after placing the former second-round pick on the “Did Not Report” List for his failure to report on Sunday for training camp.
Dodd, chosen 33rd overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, joins an infamous list of failed Titans second-round picks that includes running backs Chris Henry (2007) and Bishop Sankey (2014), wide receivers Tyrone Calico (2001), Justin Hunter (2011) and Dorial Green-Beckham (2015) and linebacker Akeem Ayers (2011).
Dodd was a colossal disappointment for the Titans, totaling just one sack and 20 tackles in 18 games active over two seasons for Tennessee.
Dodd’s downfall began in his rookie season when he suffered a fifth metatarsal injury in his foot that required surgery and eventually landed him on the injured reserve list.
At the start of his second season, Dodd was a healthy scratch for several games, prompting then-coach Mike Mularkey to say that the former Clemson star needed to practice better and establish a role on special teams if he wanted to be active on Sundays.
Dodd finished the season in a reserve role, and would apparently have gotten a new lease on life with a new coaching staff coming in, led by Mike Vrabel.
Instead, Dodd skipped all of the Titans’ organized team activities in the off-season, and showed up only for a two-day mandatory mini-camp in June. Dodd intentionally avoided reporters coming off the practice field, as they wanted an explanation for his OTA absence.
Skipping the OTAs, coupled with Sunday’s decision not to show up for training camp, led many to speculate about Dodd’s desire to play football. It also further cemented a growing belief of Dodd as a low-effort/low production player.
Also, by giving up on Dodd, his release marks the first major draft day miss by Titans general manager Jon Robinson, who just completed his third draft class in that role last April.