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  • Miami Dolphins 2010 Draft Picks

    * 28th - 1st Round- Jared Odrick
    * 40th- 2nd Round- Koa Misi
    * 73rd - 3rd Round- John Jerry
    * 119th - 4th Round-A.J. Edds
    * 145th - 5th Round-Nolan Carroll
    * 163rd - 5th Round-Reshad Jones
    * 212th - 7th Round-Chris McCoy
    * 252nd- 7th Round-Austin Spitler

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A Closer Look At Jared Odrick

Not long ago the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft was completed. With history being made tonight, with it being the first ever time that the Draft was on primetime, the draft sure lived up to expectations. With a first round filled with trades, and surprise picks, it certainly was not short of drama.

The Dolphins also had their share of the fun tonight. Not long after they went on the clock, the front office traded the #12 overall pick to the San Diego Chargers for the #28 pick in the first round. The Dolphins also got the 40th overall pick, and inside linebacker Tim Dobbins out of the deal. The two teams also agreed to exchange 4th and 6th round picks.

With the #28th pick, the Fins selected defensive lineman Jared Odrick. Odrick was supposedly the guy at the top of the Dolphins board when they went on the clock.

The Fins took Jared Odrick with their first round pick.

Odrick is at his best when he is being shifted from inside to outside. In the Dolphins system he will most likely line up on the outside on first and second downs, then switching to the inside on 3rd downs.

He routinely disrupts the backfield, and causes pressure. He always plays smart, and because of his versatility, he is a 3 down lineman. While he stands at 6’5, he only weighs 304, which means he will need to gain weight if the Fins wish to use him regularly on the interior of the defensive line.

One thing that not only the Dolphins like about Odrick, but Jon Gruden as well, is his motor.

I like this guy a lot,” former NFL coach Jon Gruden said on ESPN. “When he comes off the ball he’s a bull rushing. he’s a problem inside. He sheds guards and makes a lot of tackles. Relentless. Plays on an every down basis and never gets tired.

One aspect about Odrick that I like is his confidence that he shows already, without coming off as cocky.

I wouldn’t say I was expecting to be a first round draft pick, but it was something i was hoping for,” Odrick said. “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.

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.

Odrick seems like the perfect guy for our defense. Not only is he smart, and has a relentless motor, which suits Parcells, but his versatility is something that will really help defensive coordinator Mike Nolan get creative with. If Odrick can become good at shifting in and out on certain downs, this could become a very good pick for the Dolphins.

The more I read about this kid, the more I like him. What else is there to say? The pick did surprise me a little bit, I was expecting the Dolphins to pull the trigger on either Sergio Kindle, or Jerry Hughes, but they decided to pass, and they winded up with their guy, in Odrick, instead.

Take a look at this scouting report given to us by our draft expert, Will Spencer of Draft Breakdown, on Odrick:

Strengths

Explosive first step and good initial pop. Does a good job using his hands against blockers. Rarely is handled in a one-on-one scenario. Can shoot the gap or read and react at the line. High level of awareness. High motor and good in pursuit. Persistent with a mean streak. Good, reliable tackler. Excellent size and bulk for the position. Very smart and recognizes blocking schemes. At his best when he can read/react.

Weaknesses

Has struggled with double teams. Not an ideal pass rusher and doesn’t have a wide array of pass rush moves. Change of direction skills are limited. Not an overly quick player. Had some off-field issues.

Analysis

Odrick may be one of the more NFL ready players in the draft and he’s an ideal fit as a 5 technique for a 3-4 defense. He needs to work on the finer aspects of his game but he’s not far from being a very strong defensive lineman in the right NFL scheme. He was arrested in 2008 for disorderly conduct but has no other major off-field incidents that we’re aware of. Odrick is a very intelligent player that understands complex schemes and can identify blocking schemes. He has a high motor and high work ethic and any team that runs a 3-4 defense will think long and hard about him as their first round pick. Don’t be surprised to see him go earlier than expected as he’s a very “safe” pick with high upside and high floor.

Will also has this to say about the Dolphins pick:

“Odrick has the potential to be a dominant 5 technique for the Dolphins 3-4 system. He’ll even make their investment in Karlos Dansby more lucrative by tying up blockers and allowing Dansby to run free and make plays. Excellent pickup by Miami.”

Playoff Bound Sports also went to Palm Beach Post Dolphins beat writer Edgar Thompson, to get his opinion on the happenings of the first round:

Playoff Bound Sports: What was your take on the Dolphins trading down 16 spots? Do you think the Dolphins came away as the winners in the trade?

Edgar Thompson: The Dolphins really wanted to recoup the second-round pick from the Brandon Marshall trade, but the team could have missed out on a difference-maker at a need position. To move down, the Dolphins gave up a shot at free safety Earl Thomas (No. 14, San Francisco), pass rusher Derrick Morgan (No. 16, Tennessee) and nose tackle Dan Williams (No. 26, Arizona.) To be a winner in this deal, the Dolphins will have to find an impact player at No. 40, should be plenty of options there.

PBS: What is your take on Jared Odrick? How do you think the Fins will utilize him this year, and in the future?

ET: Odrick might be as good as any DE next season, other than Randy Starks, but at 302 pounds he’ll have to be effective playing inside to make him worthy of the No. 28 pick. If nothing else, Odrick should have an impact inside during passing situations.

PBS: Were you surprised at all that the Dolphins passed on both Sergio Kindle, and Jerry Hughes?

ET: A little bit, given the team’s need for a pass rusher. But GM Jeff Ireland explained a number of the pass rushers available “were kind of the same kind of guy.” If the Dolphins go pass rusher in second round, time will tell if he’s on the same level as Hughes, much less Morgan or Brandon Graham.

PBS: The first round is over, and the Dolphins are on the board again shortly after the 2nd round begins tomorrow with the 40th pick. What direction do you think they will go in, and will they try and trade up to possibly get Kindle?

ET: Kindle likely will won’t last for seven picks, but Utah’s Koa Misi, Clemson’s Ricky Sapp and Ohio State’s Thaddeus Gibson could be options.

PBS: What was your overall outlook on the first round, and what are your predictions for the 2nd round?

ET: If the Dolphins don’t pick a pass rusher, then USF free safety Nate Allen would be a good pick. Allen has a solid build (6 1/4, 207), ran the 40 in 4.47 seconds and was productive in college – eight interceptions and 12 pass break-ups in his final two seasons with the Bulls.

Alabama’s 354-pound Terrence “Mount” Cody is out there, but his weight fluctuations scare teams.

The Dolphins also have the No. 73 pick, in the third round, and could wait to select North Carolina’s Cam Thomas, East Carolina’s Linval Joseph or Central Florida’s Torrell Troup to play in the middle of the team’s 3-4 scheme.

From multiple looks around the football world, it looks like the Dolphins made the safe choice with their first round pick. Odrick looks to have some real potential, and combined with a great defensive coordinator such as Nolan, only good things can come out of this pick.

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