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Old 04-27-2018, 09:00 PM  
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*****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.

Strengths
  • 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

Weaknesses
  • 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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Old 02-17-2019, 12:10 PM   #346
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Yea that might be too much, but either way after spending on Hitchens last year I wouldn’t spend money on a LB this year unless it’s him because he can also rush the passer.
how about-
KJ Wright-Hitchens-DoD?

Wright'll probably be cheaper...and draft a SAM of the future.
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Old 02-17-2019, 12:30 PM   #347
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how about-
KJ Wright-Hitchens-DoD?

Wright'll probably be cheaper...and draft a SAM of the future.
I completely forgot about Wright. He’s probably the only other LB I’d consider.
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Old 02-17-2019, 12:38 PM   #348
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I completely forgot about Wright. He’s probably the only other LB I’d consider.
yeah. I mean, there'll be lots of JAGS and I expect we'd pick one up, but as far as a 'target' guy with a contract worth mentioning, yeah.
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Old 02-17-2019, 12:39 PM   #349
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yeah. I mean, there'll be lots of JAGS and I expect we'd pick one up, but as far as a 'target' guy with a contract worth mentioning, yeah.
Yea exactly I’m talking starters.
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Old 02-17-2019, 09:25 PM   #350
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What exactly did I say that makes it a “homeristic POV”?

You’re acting like I said he’s the next Deion Jones. I was just pointing out that size wasn’t quite the issue that you were making it out to be.
That's my mistake then; I misread that thinking you were saying just that...

I apologize
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Old 02-17-2019, 09:49 PM   #351
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there's nothing wrong with O'Daniel's size to play WLB. he's pretty much spot on prototype. Whether you think he's good enough to handle it or not, is up to the beholder. i think it's reasonable to expect that he'll make fewer mistakes with a year in the league and better coaching; and I think his physical style looked like he's a keeper. But we'll see.
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Old 02-17-2019, 11:38 PM   #352
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there's nothing wrong with O'Daniel's size to play WLB. he's pretty much spot on prototype. Whether you think he's good enough to handle it or not, is up to the beholder. i think it's reasonable to expect that he'll make fewer mistakes with a year in the league and better coaching; and I think his physical style looked like he's a keeper. But we'll see.
226 lbs is ideal size for a Will lb in a 4 3?

His dimensions fit the prototype for a will in the 4 3?

Sorry bud but I disagree
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226 lbs is ideal size for a Will lb in a 4 3?

His dimensions fit the prototype for a will in the 4 3?

Sorry bud but I disagree
he's fine. 230 is normal. 226 coming out college is pretty normal. Look around the league. He'd be really light in a 3-4; in a 4-3 that's become much more common.
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Old 02-17-2019, 11:54 PM   #354
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he's fine. 230 is normal. 226 coming out college is pretty normal. Look around the league. He'd be really light in a 3-4; in a 4-3 that's become much more common.
Hey, I'm still holding on to the idea I was/am wrong

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Old 02-18-2019, 12:04 AM   #355
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PFF news and analysis (it's from 2012, so it's old but in general accurate still. )

4-3 WILL Linebacker (OLB) –

The weak side linebacker is the glamour spot in the 4-3. Things are geared for this guy to fly to the football and make plays. Typically the SAM will take care of the first lead blocker, the MIKE linebacker cleans up any other blocks and the WILL linebacker can just penetrate and make a play on the football. The WILL therefore is usually the quickest, most explosive of the 4-3 linebackers.

Teams will sacrifice size in favor of speed and running ability and you will often hear about players coming out from the draft who are seen as either WILL linebackers or strong safeties. They need to be explosive athletes that can find their way through traffic at pace and get to the ball carrier, while the lead blocks are being taken care of by the other linebackers.

Ironically enough, Ernie Sims would be the perfect NFL prototype for this position, but for the fact that he can’t seem to play to his physical skills. Sims is one of the most athletic linebackers in the league, is on the small side at around 225 pounds, and can run with anybody, but he consistently misreads plays or over-pursues and takes himself out of things. While SAM linebackers throw themselves at blocks, blowing up the play at the point of attack, WILL linebackers need to take the right angle to kill the play on first contact, and Sims can’t seem to master that.

After a breakout second season, the new NFL prototype might be the Falcons’ Sean Weatherspoon. He is a fast, instinctive linebacker and was PFF’s fourth-rated 4-3 OLB against the run last season.

Alternative Prototypes: Lance Briggs, Chad Greenway, Will Witherspoon
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