Name: Jared Odrick
Position: Defensive End/Tackle
School: Penn State
HT/WT: 6′5″, 304 lbs
Projection: Mid to Late 1st
Strengths: At 6′5″ and over 300 pounds, Jared Odrick is a mauler who played the 3-technique in Penn State’s 4-3 defense. He is solid as a pass rusher, with good agility and a good bull rush. He is also good and holding up at the point of attack, and can even make plays off double teams. He is a solid tackler, and a high character, high work ethic guy.
Weaknesses: Odrick, while he can make plays off double teams, he doesn’t have the lower body strength to make himself a true anchor on the defensive line. He can also play too upright at times, and there are questions if he would be a good fit at end in the 3-4 due to his label as a penetrator at Penn State.
How he Fits the Patriots: Many Patriots fans are intrigued by Odrick because of how he is built in the form of a Richard Seymour. He is the prototype 3-4 end in terms of size. However, there are questions if he would fit with the Patriots because he may be more of a penetrator than an anchor. However, I think he could excel in the long run as a defensive end in the 3-4, and he could come in as a rotational lineman his rookie year, and could take over Mike Wright by year 2. When all is said and done, Odrick could be a Seymour-type presence for the Patriots, as he is strong against the run, but also adds that pass rush element to his game.