Penn State Senior
PROS: Has a good first step that has a knack for shooting gaps and making plays in the backfield. Does a nice job as a disruptive presence that can press the line of scrimmage. Has quickness upfield when working in the 3-technique and closes well on the quarterback. Has good strength and fights through double teams. Has a nice swim and rip move. Shows good recognition and can sniff out screens, with enough athleticism to get some work in space. Has a good motor and can make plays laterally along the line in pursuit.
CONS: Needs to improve his hand use and technique, which can help him better disengage from blocks and get leverage vs. the run. Will get engulfed at times vs. the run, particularly against double teams.
OVERVIEW: There is a lot to like about Odrick. He's a disruptive player that is at home living behind the line of scrimmage. He has the size, strength, and athleticism to really develop as an impact two-way defender because of his superior quickness. Two full years as a starter where he combined for 20.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. Started 7 games as a sophomore before broken hand and dislocated ankle caused him to miss rest of the year. But managed 4 TFLs and 2 sacks in that year.
NFL FORECAST: Odrick needs a bit more polish, and I think it will come with his hand use and technique. He just doesn't use them as much as you'd expect in a top defensive tackle, particularly in comparison to guys like Suh and McCoy. Although he does offer similar disruptive potential. So I think he may get off to a relatively slow start. But by his second or third year, he should be impacting. He fits best in a one-gap scheme that wants him to get upfield and make plays behind the line of scrimmage. In such a scheme, I think he could excel on a level comparable to that of Jonathan Babineaux this past year. He coudl also work in a 3-4 scheme because he has the ideal frame for that scheme as an end. But he'll need to improve his hand use there as he'll be asked to hold more blocks than to shoot gaps. In such a scheme, he'll be a better pass rusher than run stopper, at least initially. I see little reason to not expect him to make the necessary improvements to be a good pro. I think he's a guy that can be a productive pass rusher in either scheme, regularly racking up 4-6 sacks with maybe a few 8-sack seasons sprinkled in there.
ATL FORECAST: He is a potential upgrade in the middle. I think he has similar potential to impact as a disruptive run stopper and pass rusher as Babineaux showed this past year, although because of his physical tools likely won't take four years to impact like Babs did, instead he should be able to cut that time in half. He definitely would bolster the rotation early on and could become our best defensive tackle within three or so years. He'd be a great insurance policy in case Jerry doesn't stay healthy, although ultimately he may be targeted to replace Babineaux down the road. Regardless of which player he replaces in the starting lineup, he would be a good Falcon that fits very well in their attacking upfield scheme, becoming a fixture for the better part of a decade if not longer.
VALUE: Odrick's potential means he is worth a first round pick as a guy in a scheme that likes to get upfield and make plays. But because he still needs a lot more polish in comparison to the top defensive tackles, I wouldn't take him until the twenties.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
POINT OF ATTACK: 3.0
PASS RUSH: 3.5
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