I Still Count Jared Odrick as a Miami Dolphins Player That Can (and Will) Contribute in 2013

By Craig Ballard
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When the Miami Dolphins traded up to nab Dion Jordan a few days ago, I saw a lot of speculation that the move meant the beginning of the end for Jared Odrick in Miami. I think the 25 year old will remain a ‘Phin, and this article explains why.

The big fella was brought in to be a key piece to the (then) 3-4 defense that Miami was running. Kevin Coyle is in his second year heading up the defense, and he uses a 4-3 base way more often which does lessen Odrick’s ability to dominate a game like was originally planned when the team drafted him in the first round back in 2010. The thing that jumps out when discussing Odrick with players and coaches is they seem to feel good about his contribution to the defensive line vs. the run. His stats are somewhat pedestrian, but the team sees his value.

As far as disrupting the opposing quarterback, Odrick has 11.0 sacks combined the past two seasons, but it is worth noting that he is best at applying pressure when he shifts to the middle of the d-line. That really helps his value with this team (and is a big reason I think he remains in Miami) as the team can ease Jordan into a role on the d-line while Odrick can provide depth for studs like Paul Soliai and Randy Starks.

Side-note, Odrick has zero career sacks vs. the New England Patriots … Want to endear yourself to ‘Phins phans? Sack Tom Brady!

I see a guy who is not a great fit for the specific scheme and system that is now in place, but a guy who can still contribute regardless of scheme, plus a guy who has a very friendly price-tag as he will earn just $700,000 in 2013 and $765,000 in 2014. That is mega-dollars for people like us. But by NFL standards, that is a team-friendly contract.

Odrick can allow Jordan to develop naturally, he has team-friendly contract and Odrick can be versatile and contribute to a few different spots on the d-line … All of that adds up to equals to Odrick wearing the (new) Dolphins uniform in 2013 (in my opinion!).

Craig Ballard is a NFL/NBA/MLB writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @craigballard77, and you can find all of his articles HERE

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