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Dante84 04-27-2018 09:00 PM

*****The Dorian O'Daniel Thread*****
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Athletic linebackers like O'Daniel are earning high marks from NFL scouts because they need to cover the middle of the field in passing situations. ACC coaches recognized O'Daniel's talent in 2017, naming him second-team all-conference after he led the Tigers with 103 tackles, including 11.5 for loss and five sacks, as well as three pass breakups in 14 starts. One of the top outside linebacker recruits in the nation after an excellent high school career in the Washington, D.C. metro area (all-state in Maryland with 1,307 rushing yards, 18 touchdowns as senior, 16.5 tackles for loss, five sacks as junior). O'Daniel redshirted in 2013, and then got into the action regularly as a freshman, starting once and leading the team with 13 special teams tackles (had 31 total stops, sack) in 12 games played. He once again paced the team with 19 special teams stops in 2015, and was credited with 32 total tackles in 15 games as a reserve. Given a chance to play more on defense as a junior (10 starts in 15 games), O'Daniel used his quickness and tenacious nature to make 60 stops, 10 for loss, and 2.5 sacks.

What O'Daniel lacks in size and speed at the linebacker spot, he makes up for with production and consistency. He may not have the tools to become a quality full-time starter at linebacker, but his outstanding career as a special teams cover talent could be enough to earn him a roster spot and a place in the league for years to come.

  • Madman on special teams
  • Finished career with 48 special teams tackles and most of them in kick coverage
  • Has a gift for playing past kick return blocks and maintaining focus on the returner
  • Technically sound as tackler
  • Sees what he hits and drives upper body into target while wrapping to finish
  • Possesses agility for lateral tackles against cutback runs
  • Hustles to contain against perimeter runs
  • Offers versatility
  • Played near the line and matched up on slot targets
  • Redirects routes with force
  • Reads and squeezes from zone
  • Finished 2017 with seven passes defensed including two pick-six interceptions

  • Just one season as starter
  • Has the frame of a big safety, but is an average athlete in space
  • Is a little sluggish in his directional change and needs a runway to get accelerate to top speed
  • Pursuit speed is below par
  • Often blocked by smaller slot players against spread rushing attacks
  • Needs to prove he can beat blocks near the line of scrimmage on next level
  • Gives up separation when matched in man coverage
  • Plays upright and needs to do better job of anticipating routes

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BryanBusby 04-27-2018 09:00 PM

Well ok I guess

petegz28 04-27-2018 09:01 PM

The front 7 is obviously where Veach sees need and I can't disagree

Simply Red 04-27-2018 09:02 PM

seems undersized

RealSNR 04-27-2018 09:02 PM


Buns 04-27-2018 09:03 PM

That's what she said!

Tribal Warfare 04-27-2018 09:03 PM

Special Teams badass

Buns 04-27-2018 09:03 PM

Where's muhhhh cornerrrrr?????

ILChief 04-27-2018 09:04 PM

Seems more safety size than LB

chiefzilla1501 04-27-2018 09:05 PM

Any chance they groom him for Sorensen's role? Basically a hybrid safety/linebacker...? Hmm....

Definitely can see lots of chances in subpackages.

petegz28 04-27-2018 09:05 PM

Dude, definitely seems to bring it.....size concerns me

old_geezer 04-27-2018 09:06 PM

Have we found our new Donnie Edwards? He can jump on people's backs and ride 10-20 yards down the field.

RunKC 04-27-2018 09:06 PM

“Technically sound tackler.”

Already better than Sorenson.

kccrow 04-27-2018 09:06 PM


Genard Avery was more productive and better at everything than this kid, and was faster and 25 pounds heavier.

I'm not impressed with taking what amounts to a special teams player in the 3rd, but whatever.

You need a CB and FS and completely ignore it. Seems illogical at best because this guy is certainly not BPA.

SupDock 04-27-2018 09:06 PM

48 career special teams tackles. I like this pick

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