Jared Odrick

Jared Odrick

Defensive Tackles

6’5” 309 lbs.

Penn State

Strengths: Height, hustle, and penetration.

Weaknesses: Leverage, bulk, and strength at the point of attack.

By Scot Acocks

Jared Odrick is one of the reasons why this year’s defensive tackle class is deep with talent. On any other year he may be considered first round talent. This year, however, due to the presence of Ndamukong Suh, Brian Price, Terrence Cody, and Gerald McCoy, he looks to be a second round selection.

Odrick is tall, athletic, and versatile but he may not have a natural position in the NFL. He looks to be like an Adam Carriker (Rams) or Aaron Smith (Steelers) type of player. He has played both end and tackle in college and could line up as either a 3 technique tackle in a 4-3 defense or an end in 3-4.

In high school Odrick was a highly recruited Parade Magazine and U.S. Army All-American. He played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl after his senior season.

Since his arrival at Penn State in 2006 Odrick has been a steady contributor on defense. As a freshman he played in 12 games as a reserve end. As a sophomore he started seven games at defensive tackle and played well.

In ’08 Odrick was a First Team Big Ten selection, getting 41 tackles, 9.5 of his which went for a loss. He also got to the quarterback 4.5 times, displaying nice pressure from the middle of the line.

In ’09 Penn State was sixth in the country against the run and 24th against the pass. Odrick led the way with a team leading seven sacks to go along with his 43 tackles, 11 of which went for a loss.

Odrick is a tall, somewhat lanky tackle who can break through the line of scrimmage and make plays in the backfield. He works well on stunts, using speed, quickness, and agility to get around blockers and get to the quarterback or chase down ball carriers. He also has the ability to drop back and cover a bit on zone blitz packages, making him a very versatile commodity.

At times Odrick does get pushed around by stronger players once they get their hands on him. He struggles to get his pads low consistently and may fit in more as an end in the NFL rather than a tackle to keep from getting engulfed inside on a regular basis.

It’s hard to really project how he will best be used at the next level. That is one reason he is widely considered a second or third round talent instead of a first this year. There is just too much top end tackle talent this year.

If he bulks up a bit and increases his lower body strength there is no telling how far Odrick could go but for now he seems best suited as a run stuffing end and a pass rusher inside on third downs.

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