Top 20 Miami Dolphins of 2013: No. 6 Jared Odrick
As we wait to see how the Miami Dolphins’ new GM Dennis Hickey attacks the offseason, let’s continue our look back on the season that was by ranking the team’s top 20 players of 2013. Today, we’ll look at player No. 6, defensive tackle Jared Odrick.
Forced fumbles: 1
Passes defensed: 2
Pro Football Focus breakdown
Position rank: 13 of 69
Run defense rank: 32 of 69
Pass rush rank: 7 of 69
Snaps played: 874
Quarterback hits: 13
Why he’s No. 6
Jared Odrick quietly emerged as one of the league’s best interior pass rushers in 2013 after moving inside from defensive end. He didn’t possess the pass-rushing prowess to be a consistent edge rusher, but his motor and strength proved valuable at defensive tackle. Nick Fairley and Gerald McCoy were the only two interior defensive linemen who produced more quarterback hits than Odrick this past season, and only six players at the position produced a better pass-rushing grade according to Pro Football Focus. The Dolphins are fortunate to have Odrick in place with the likely departure of either Randy Starks or Paul Soliai in free agency.
Why he’s not higher
While Odrick was one of the better pass-rushing defensive tackles in the league, he only graded as slightly above average defending the run. His 32nd overall standing at the position against the run by Pro Football Focus finished well below Starks and Soliai who both finished in the top 20. Given how leaky Miami’s linebacker corps is, Kevin Coyle‘s unit will likely need Odrick to elevate his play in the trenches to improve its 26th ranked run defense.
Cody Strahm is a Miami Dolphins contributor for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @CodyJStrahm.