PSU DT could really help NY

There's no arguing the Giants rode their solid defensive line play to victory during their 2007 championship campaign. However, that DL play has suffered mightily the past two seasons. A possible answer to New York's D-line woes could be Penn State stud defensive tackle Jared Odrick.

Jared Odrick
School: Penn State
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height: 6-5
Weight: 301
Projected 40-Time: 4.95

Star Rating: Grade: 90
Draft Projection: 1st - 2nd Round

Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of February 1st) in the 2010 Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:

85-100 = 1st - 2nd Round
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th Round
_55-69 = 5th - 6th Round
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA

Odrick can play DE in a 3-4, but scouts believe his best position at the next level is at DT in a 4-3.
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Strengths: Odrick is an athletic, versatile defensive lineman who can line up inside or outside, depending on the defensive scheme. He has a great frame and a strong upper-body. He’s quick off the ball, uses his hands and leg drive to gain an advantage against the opposition and can disrupt the quarterback up the middle or off the edge. He’s able to take on double teams by initiating contact, uses his strong hands to disengage and has the awareness to locate the ballcarrier and make a play. He moves well for a man of his size, shows good lateral agility and uses his length to make plays down the line.

Weaknesses: He’s a tweener, whose frame will hurt him if he has to play inside, and if he has to play outside, he doesn’t possess the explosiveness to succeed. He plays too high and struggles to gain leverage. He must improve his technique and not rely on his strength. He doesn’t track the ballcarrier well in space and will miss tackles on the perimeter. He’s had off-the-field issues and his work ethic has been questioned. Durability is a concern.

Steuber Says: A three-year starter at Penn State, Odrick’s production has gone up every year during his four-year career with the Nittany Lions. He suffered a few injuries earlier in his career, which hampered his progress, but he’s been healthy the last two seasons and has been very productive. Odrick had his best season in 2009, starting all 13 games while recording 43 tackles, 11 for a loss and 7.5 sacks. At 6-foot-5, 301 pounds, Odrick has the versatility to play inside in a 4-3 defense and outside in a 3-4 defense. While it’s possible for Odrick to move to defensive end in a 3-4, many NFL scouts that I’ve spoken with believe he’s best suited to play inside at the next level. He’s comfortable inside, and while his frame may hurt him, he has the strength and athleticism to be successful. Odrick is a borderline first round selection, who will generate interest from teams selecting in the 26 – 32 range with the New York Jets (No. 29), Indianapolis Colts (No. 31) and New Orleans Saints being possible landing spots. But it’s likely that he will fall into the second round.

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