Jared Odrick – Penn State
Scout: David Syvertsen
Pro Potential: Kevin Williams – Minnesota Vikings
Pass Rush/Closing Ability/Moves and Counter Moves: Is currently further along than most defensive line prospects when it comes to the refinement of several pass rush moves. Uses his hands exceptionally well to rip and swim. Can use an effective spin move despite having a higher than normal center of gravity. Incredible athlete that can close in on a ball carrier quickly. Has a lot of range, makes plenty of tackles outside the box.
Pursuit/Lateral Movement/Agility: Tremendous balance, can get after the ball carrier right away. Gets in full stride out in space like a linebacker. Light on his feet when he has to be, has the wiggle in his hips to make the last second moves to avoid the meat of a block.
Quickness/Explosion: Fires low and with anger out of his stance. Can get a little out of control at the point of attack, but it is sometimes to his advantage. Can move well for such a big frame within the tight spaces.
Run Defend/Recognition: More of a one gap penetrator that can alter the lane of a running back. Does not stay home and eat up double teams well. Can be driven back easily by a strong double team duo. Will be late to react because of how out of control he gets at the point of attack.
Size/Length/Hand Size: A physical marvel to look at. Has a huge frame with minimal loose weight, could easily add 10-15 pounds and maintain the athleticism. Very long arms with big, powerful hands. Already has the NFL body.
Strength/Ability to Shed Blocks: Well balanced strength from top to bottom. Very difficult for a blocker to lock on to because of the power he gets how out his hands and arms. Can free himself up more often than not. Can be ridden out of a play because of his penetrating style.
Tackling: 80+ tackles from the defensive tackle position over the past two years. Uses long arms to swallow the ball carrier, almost always gets the take down if he gets his hands on the back. Can deliver a violent jolt because of how low he plays when his technique is right.
Technique/Hand Use/Leverage: Very sound technique when firing out of his stance, impressive for such a tall player. Uses his hands as a weapon, violent and aggressive. Can get in to the blocker’s body right away and use his hands to free himself up. Tends to get out of control, losing track of his feet and body position.
Versatility: Big time asset, as he can play in any scheme. Could fill the role of a 3-4 end because of his freakish athleticism. Might be best suites as a 3-technique because of his ability to fire off the ball and live in the opposing backfield. After the weight gain most young defensive linemen obtain after NFL strength straining, he could even play the nose tackle-A-gap role that Darnell Dockett plays with in Arizona.
Final Word: Keep any eye on Odrick’s rise leading up to the draft. Personally, I believe he is already in the first round discussion because of how attractive he is within any defensive scheme. A lot of defensive linemen are scheme-specific, but Odrick can literally play within any defense and produce. He is a high-motor player that gets the most out of himself. Considering the top tier physical package he brings to the table, Odrick could evolve in to one of the best defensive linemen in the game down the road. While he will struggle to stay at home and absorb blocks, Odrick has the work ethic and coach-ability to bring his game to a Pro-Bowl level.