The Miami Dolphins have made their first pick in the 2010 NFL draft and the selection has many fans scratching their heads. Penn State DT Jared Odrick is now a Miami Dolphin.
The Phins traded down from the number 12 spot where many felt that the team would target one of 3 holes. NT, OLB, or Safety. Instead, they opted for a DT that adds to an already stacked team. The Phins currently have Kendall Langford and Randy Starks as their starters and Phillip Merling still struggling. Now, they add a big body to the mix who will fight for a starting spot from day 1.
Odrick was chosen over OLB Sergio Kindle who appears to be heading to round 2 and DE/OLB hybrid Jerry Hughes from TCU. Odrick is a big man with good upper body mechanics. He attacks the run as well as the pas equally and has a non-stop motor. In all, he is simply a football player.
At 6′ 5″ and 306 pounds, Odrick will give Miami a pass rushing end who is solid and sure in his tackles. But the real question here is why? Why now?
Odrick had been rumored to be a player on the rise and some projected that he could have gone in the top 15 of the draft. He is a very athletic player for his size and will provide the Phins an upfield push.
While the Phins will now look to day 2 for answers at their holes, a luxury pick like Odrick has really stirred the fan base as they begin to question what the Dolphins saw over the names mentioned above or a NT like Terrence Cody. From an outside standpoint I think it’s safe to assume that Bill Parcells didn’t think that the OLB’s would make the kind of impact he requires. Given Parcells’ history with LB’s I would say he would be a good judge of that defensive area.
The Dolphins will select again at pick 40, the 8th pick in the 2nd round that commences on Friday evening.