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Odrick a good value pick, but doesn’t fill pressing need for Dolphins

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By Dan Parr

The Dolphins moved down from the 12th pick to the 28th, and they still were able to land PFW's No. 24-rated player in the draft by selecting Penn State DT Jared Odrick. Miami did get good value out of its choice and collected more picks by trading down.

Miami could try to make Odrick into a nose tackle, although he probably would fit better as a five-technique. Some evaluators say he would have been an even better fit as a three-technique in an even front. There is a clear need at nose tackle — NT Jason Ferguson will be suspended for the first eight games of the season and could retire after next season. Miami speaks highly of his top backup, Paul Soliai, but he fits best in a rotational role. At 304 pounds, Odrick would be undersized and he lacks the lower-body power it takes to anchor inside.

Odrick likely will join an already-talented group of defensive ends, so it won't be a major problem if he struggles to adjust at first. Randy Starks, Kendall Langford and Philip Merling are capable of handling the bulk of the playing time at the DE spot, as they did last season.

Miami still is looking for an outside linebacker, free safety, and they could spend a pick on a true nose tackle.

 

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