Continuing with our Green Bay Packers NFL draft prospect profiles, today we highlight Dayo Odeyingbo.
Dayo Odeyingbo – EDGE – Vanderbilt – 6’6” 276 lbs
In the offseason, the Packers were able to avoid any holes regarding their starting edge rushers. Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith have restructured their contracts and Rashan Gary continues to improve.
However, the team needs to build their depth and look to the future in the edge rusher position. Odeyingbo would check both boxes in creating depth and a promising prospect to look forward to.
There’s no surprise that the Vanderbilt edge rusher is quickly rising through the NFL Draft board. Odeyingbo could be an intriguing draft selection in the mid-to-late rounds.
Odeyingbo is an explosive defensive line prospect with outstanding physical skills. He plays with consistent knee bend, fundamentally sound and very effective with his hands. Odeyingbo fired off the snap with a terrific first step and rushed the edge with speed.
Odeyingbo was unblockable at times against Florida. Here’s a quick pressure on Trask. Vanderbilt just didn’t have the athletes or depth to compete at the end of the day… there were times where #10 was the best football player on the field. pic.twitter.com/HXkvECZzbC
— Ryan Roberts (@RiseNDraft) December 16, 2020
Versatility is a huge part of Odeyingbo’s game. He has played a lot as an edge rusher, the three-technique and even nose tackle. Odeyingbo is extremely athletic, then has outstanding length and uses it to extend, disengage and stuff the run.
#Vanderbilt EDGE Dayo Odeyingbo has lots of juice from lots of alignments. At 6-6, 275, he has the versatility, strength and explosiveness to play in an odd or even front. His game doesn’t have an off switch.
— Jordan Reid (@Jordan_Reid) December 8, 2020
Odeyingbo is coming off his best season despite uncertain circumstances. In his senior year, he totaled eight tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 32 tackles and one pass deflection. Odeyingbo has always had a degree of NFL potential as a four-star recruit with offers from Baylor, Mississippi State and Texas A&M.
The most notable issue with Odeyingbo is that he may not be ready for the season. He suffered a significant injury to his Achilles prior to the Senior Bowl.
NFL Draft injury news: #Vanderbilt DL Dayo Odeyingbo recently suffered a torn Achilles, according to sources.
Odeyingbo was No. 71 overall on my initial top-100 board.
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) January 25, 2021
Coming off a torn Achilles is one of the toughest injuries to come back from, especially with football on how demanding the sport is.
Besides the injury, Odeyingbo’s game is raw. He almost has all the tools but needs to learn, develop, more efficient and consistent. Additionally, Odeyingbo sometimes plays a bit too tall, which is expected for someone at his height.
The injury is going to scare many teams. However, Odeyingbo becomes a very intriguing day three prospect. Before the injury, Odeyingbo was one of the most underrated defensive linemen in this year’s draft.
He’s a three-down defender with great upside. He’ll only get better as he physically matures and gets healthy. There’s no specific scheme for Odeyingbo. He can fit in a 3-4 or 4-3, then could lineup anywhere on defense.
We have seen the Packers take a chance on a prospect with a devastating injury before the NFL draft. Last year, the Packers took Indiana offensive guard Simon Stepaniak in the sixth round. Stepaniak was projected in the mid-round before he tore his ACL.
This could be another opportunity for the Packers to nurse a prospect to full health and hope to see what he has next year.