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Dolphins Select Jared Odrick In First Round

After some major drama when the Dolphins were on the clock when they still possessed the #12 overall pick, the Dolphins got themselves back into the 2nd round, by trading back into the 1st round, with the San Diego Chargers.

The Dolphins acquired the 28th, and the 40th picks, and swapped their 4th and 6th round picks with the Bolts. The Fins also got inside linebacker Tim Dobbins in the trade as well, which provides great depth to the linebacking core.

Dobbins registered 57 tackles, along with 1 sack, a forced fumble, and an interception, in playing all 16 games, and starting two.

When the Dolphins went on the clock at #28, there was still top-notch pass rushers Sergio Kindle, and Jerry Hughes, along with defensive tackle Jared Odrick.

The Dolphins selected Odrick with the 28th pick in the draft.

I fully expected the Fins to nab one of the pass rushers, but the front office came out of left field, and grabbed a guy they believe can be an impact player for their team for a long time.

What the Dolphins like about Odrick is that he can play anywhere on the defensive line.

“I can play both. That’s one of the reason the Dolphins took me. I can and will play any position on the defensive line. It doesn’t matter.” –Jared Odrick

Odrick is described by Jon Gruden as a “Parcells guy”, and the Dolphins like his never ending motor. Odrick is not simply a Terrence Cody type of player, who only is a 2 down player. Odrick can play 3 downs, and never gives up on any of those downs for his team.

Odrick can routinely take up opposing guards, and can squeeze his body so that he can split the opposing lineman as well. Odrick can both perform well against the pass and the run, but the Dolphins will be looking to transform Odrick into a run stuffing beast, with the help of veteran Jason Ferguson of course.

Odrick seems to be a hungry player, and sounds it in these quotes:

“My versatility [is my strength]. I think I’m a great pass rusher and a great run stopper. A smart football player on the field who make people around me better,” Odrick said. “I try to do everything as good as possible.”

“I want to get after the quarterback every play. but sacks don’t come every play. They come every so often,” Odrick said. “Run stopping is all about getting dirty.”

Odrick’s measurables are 6’5″, 304 lbs. He has the type of frame that he can move up or down in weight judging on what the coaching staff wants him to do, but I’m guessing it will be to put on the muscle weight, so he can play more nose tackle than defensive end.

Because Odrick is so balanced, he can play defensive end on passing downs, and nose tackle on run plays. He is simply a force to be reckoned with, and Mike Nolan has one more shiny new toy to play with after the 1st round tonight.

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