Thursday, March 11, 2010
Big Ten rankings: Jared Odrick, No. 2
By ESPN.com staff
The Big Ten postseason player rankings, based on past performance and future potential, continue with ...
Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State, Sr., 6-5, 296
Preseason rank: 12
Why he's here: Of all the great defensive linemen in the Big Ten, no one commanded more respect than Penn State's Odrick. Evidence? The league's coaches voted him Defensive Player of the Year, ahead of Greg Jones, Brandon Graham and others. It was the ultimate sign of respect for a player who made offensive game-planning absolutely tortuous. Odrick played a huge role in Penn State finishing sixth nationally in rushing defense (89.9 ypg allowed). He consistently faced double teams and freed up room for teammates (Navorro Bowman, Jack Crawford, Josh Hull, etc.) to make plays.
Odrick led Penn State and ranked seventh in the league in sacks with seven, tops among Big Ten defensive tackles. He finished with 43 tackles, 11 for loss, four quarterback hurries and a blocked kick. But the disruption he caused for opposing offensive linemen and running backs cannot be calculated.
These rankings are also about future potential, and Odrick has plenty of it. He's projected as a late first-round pick in April's draft, and he'll make an NFL team very happy in 2011. In a season where Ndamukong Suh put the defensive tackle position on the map, Odrick received some well deserved attention both regionally and nationally.