Q-and-A with draft prospect Jared Odrick

Here is a chat with Penn State DE Jared Odrick, a player who would make sense for Jets in the first round (if he slips).

Q)Jared, what do you bring to the table for the team that drafts you?

Penn State DE Jared Odrick - I think I bring a lot of versatility at multiple positions that I've played before and am capable of playing in the future. I like to think I'm a high-character guy. I get along with everybody on the team. Somebody who's going to work hard. Somebody who is going to fight for a starting spot and earn respect. That's what you're going to get when you're dealing with Jared Odrick.

Q)What positions in the NFL are you hearing most from scouts?

Odrick: I've heard 5 technique in a 3-4. I've heard 1 technique in a 3-4. I've heard 3 technique in a 4-3. I've heard 5 tecnique and 7 technique in a 4-3. I'm hearing a lot right now.

Q)What position are you most comfortable playing?

Odrick: I've been playing 3 technique the most in a 4-3 defense the past 3-4 years. So I feel most comfortable at that. But I think I can find success at multiple positions. I'm just excited to see what's coming.

Q)How close were you to coming out last year?

Odrick: I considered it for a second or two. I just wanted to put some feelers out there and get some feedback from the NFL. That's what I did. As soon as it came back, I said, all right, I heard all I needed to hear. I came back and wanted to be with my team and try to win the Big 10 again.

We had a great season and I think I improved a whole lot from where I was last year. So I was happy with the decision I made.

Q)Were you told last year that you wouldn't be a first round pick?

Odrick: Yeah. That's the feel I got from them. That there were a lot of things I could improve on. So I came back and I did that.

Q)What are some of your strengths as a player?

Odrick: My versatility Also my quickness as a defensive tackle. I think I'm quicker than a lot of DTs in the country. Just my size and capability to play inside or outside and constantly commanding a double-team and play through it and make plays.


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