Jared Odrick, DT
- Height: 6-foot-5
- Weight: 306 pounds
- School: Penn State
The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and one of the more complete defensive tackles available in the draft, Odrick is expected to be selected in the early rounds by a team looking for an immediate contributor with the potential to play every down. He faced double-teams on a regular basis at Penn State but still turned in a superb senior season with a career-high seven sacks and 43 tackles - 11 for loss - to get named to the all-Big Ten first team for a second consecutive season. His superb run-stopping ability was a big reason Penn State ranked sixth in the nation in holding opponents to 89.8 rushing yards per game. Injuries cut his sophomore season to eight games, but he played in all 26 after that, showing strong durability. He also showed the work ethic and energy scouts are looking for in a defensive lineman. However, his character has come into question after being charged with disorderly conduct in 2008 for an alleged fight with students. Odrick possesses impressive size and long arms that make him an ideal defensive lineman for the NFL. His athletic ability and versatility for his size could make an NFL team move him to the end of a 3-4 defense, but his speed off the line could limit him around the corner. His change of direction and lateral ability are also areas of concern, so teams may opt to use him on the interior of the line to best utilize his strong straight-forward power to get to the quarterback. Odrick has also shown a knack for anticipating the snap.
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