Tag:Jared Odrick
Posted on: March 17, 2010 6:24 pm

Surprising results at Penn State Pro Day

Penn State linebacker Navarro Bowman had a lot riding on his Pro Day performance today after struggling a bit at the Combine. The 6-0, 242 pound outside linebacker was clocked at 4.74 in the 40-yard dash and only posted a 29.5" vertical jump in Indianapolis.

Bowman looked much more athletic today, running the 40-yard dash in 4.61 seconds, according to sources in attendance.

Bowman wasn't the only one who helped himself. Fellow all-conference linebacker Sean Lee was timed in the mid 4.5s in the 40-yard dash.

Defensive tackle Jared Odrick also impressed, clocking in at at 4.93 seconds.

The most impressive all-around performance was put forth by tight end Mickey Shuler, Jr, who was not invited to the 2010 Combine.

Shuler, the son of former Penn State standout and NFL veteran Mickey Shuler (New York Jets, Philadelphia), wasn't particularly productive for the Nittany Lions. He caught only 27 passes over his career for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns.

While his numbers are hardly eye-popping, that might be the way to describe his workout Wednesday.

The 6-4, 251 pounder clocked in at 4.61 seconds in the 40-yard dash, a 37.5" vertical jump and a 10'11 broad jump. He also posted 28 repetitions of the bench press, a time of 4.25 seconds in the short shuttle and a 6.7 seconds in the 3-cone. All would have ranked among the elite results posted by any tight end at the Combine.

Posted on: January 27, 2010 1:48 pm

Graham, Odrick star; Carrington, Lane moving up

In the offensive line writeup I posted earlier, I tried to focus on the smaller school prospects. Iupati and DuCasse have not only proven to be the most intriguing athletically, they're players most aren't familiar with.

No discussion of the North defensive line could begin without first mentioning the dominant play today from Penn State's Jared Odrick and Michigan's Brandon Graham. Odrick simply abused whoever was placed in front of him today, blowing past Zane Beadles and Shawn Lauvao. Graham's speed and strong hands had former Notre Dame tackle Sam Young (6-8, 305) spinning in pass drills and struggling to handle the 6-1, 263 pound Graham.

Big Ten fans wouldn't have been surprised -- and neither were scouts -- who view the conference's best defensive linemen as sure top 50 selections.

Two defensive ends moving up the charts this week are less known throughout the country -- Arkansas State's Alex Carrington and Murray State's Austen Lane.

Each pass the eyeball test at 6-5, 284 pounds and 6-6, 267 pounds, respectively.

Carrington is the stronger, stouter player against the run. He has enough burst upfield to challenge the offensive tackle and has strong hands to stack and separate. He lacks the burst to close to ever be more than a complimentart pass rusher, but is one of the more impressive all-around defensive ends of this class. Scouts love that he can play end in the 3-4 as well as the 4-3. He even lined up at defensive tackle and nose guard, at times, today.

Lane doesn't yet have Carrington's strength, but is a more fluid pass rusher. He has a surprising burst off the snap for a man his size and shows an intriguing array of pass rush technique for a small school player. He was particularly impressive against fellow small-schooler Vladimir DuCasse. On one of his more impressive plays, Lane burst off the snap to pressure DuCasse's outside shoulder, then re-directed back inside, ripping through DuCasse's hands to gain get the tackle's hands off of him. DuCasse, to his credit, remained balance and squarely in front of Lane, but a quick spin back outside showed an extra gear that the UMass lineman wasn't expecting.

Lane has to improve his strength and recognition (he repeatedly bit on the play-action and crashed downfield, losing contain), but a year in an NFL weight-room could see this kid develop into a legitimate NFL starter.

Don't be surprised if Carrington and Lane join Odrick and Graham as top 50 selections...
Posted on: January 27, 2010 1:25 pm

Impressions of the North OL

In my second day of scouting the North squad, I elected to focus on the big men in the trenches, paying special attention to the so-called "small-school" offensive linemen.

Idaho's Mike Iupati is beginning to prove to the rest of the country what NFLDraftScout.com has been saying all year long -- he's the best guard in the 2010 draft and a potential first round pick.

Iupati has surprisingly quick feet and balance for a man of his size. The leverage issues that had occasionally come up on film are being corrected by the Detroit Lions staff. His great strength and quick hands allow him to control his opponent easily. He showed good recognition when the North defensive line began running twists, sliding quickly to switch off from the defensive tackle to the hard-changing defensive end.

Massachusetts' Vladimir DuCasse has great potential, but he is still far from a finished product. He's quick into his pass set, but too quickly stops moving his feet and, as such, is susceptiple to speed rushers and spins back inside. The Detroit Lions staff kept the game's best pass rusher, Michigan's Brandon Graham,  operating on the other side, as DuCasse had more than enough to handle operating against Murray State's Austen Lane. His long arms, good bend and strong anchor mean he should be able to help immediately at guard with longterm potential to move back outside to tackle.

Considering the bowl success, Utah is far from a small school, but Zen Beadles struggled badly today at right guard. The former left tackle hasn't shown quick enough feet or strong enough hands to handle a strong rotation at defensive tackle that included Penn State's Jared Odrick and Louisiana Tech's D'Anthony Smith. Odrick, in particular, owned Beadles on this day.

Posted on: September 26, 2009 8:16 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2009 8:33 pm

Expect low-scoring, physical battle with PSU-Iowa

In today's day and age of the finesse spread and triple option offenses that have accurately been described as almost basketball on turf, it is rare that we get to watch good ole' fashioned grind 'em out football, but that is exactly what I expect in the Big Ten battle between Iowa and #5 Penn State.

Everyone knows about Penn State's tradition of linebackers, but I expect the senior duo of ILB Pat Angerer and OLB AJ Edds to give the Nittany Lions more trouble than most are projecting. Junior running back Evan Royster is a star and his ability to catch passes from senior QB Darryl Clark is certainly a test for the Hawkeye defense, but this is as fundamentally-sound a unit as I've seen all year long. That is a testament to head coach Kirk Ferentz, who I believe is among the country's absolute best.

The going may be tough for the Hawkeyes offensively. The loss of Aaron Maybin to the first round was a significant one, but I'd argue the more important loss is of ILB Sean Lee, who is being held out due to a sprained left knee. Lee missed all of last season with a torn ACL in his right knee, but appeared to be back to his usually productive self with double-digit tackles in two of his first three games this year. With potential Top 50 selection in DT Jared Odrick in front of him and a talented supporting class that includes OLB Navorro Bowman, Penn State appears defensively capable of bettering the physicality they pitched last year, against RB Shonn Greene, potential All-American LT Brian Baluga and the rest of the Hawkeyes.

I mention Green and Baluga, as neither will contribute for the Hawkeyes today. Green, of course, left early and was selected with the first pick of the 3rd round last April by the Jets. Baluga, only a junior, has been hospitalized with an undisclosed illness and held out of the past two games. 

Penn State and their fans will be anxious for the opportunity to avenge the loss to the Hawkeyes that kept the Nittany Lions out of the National Championship last year.

Expect a tough, physical battle tonight, but for Joe Pa to get that much closer to another shot at a championship.

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