It was a surprise that the Dolphins spent a first-round pick on defensive end Jared Odrick. Miami already had three quality ends to plug into their three-man front: good run-defending third-year pros Phillip Merling and Kendall Langford and quasi-Pro Bowler Randy Starks. Plus, Odrick played a one-gap scheme at Penn State; in Miami, he’ll play a five technique, which calls for him to be a stout edge anchor rather than a penetrator.
With Starks moving to nose tackle (where, at 305 pounds, he may not be a great fit…only time will tell), Odrick is expected to start right away. Coaches apparently want to push Merling and Langford. However, in an “around the team” article by the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, one Fins player notes that Odrick shows potential but is making a lot of mental mistakes at this point. Given the rookie’s adjustment (new team, new system), that’s to be expected.
At least the Dolphins have depth. Jackson runs through the rest of the Dolphins front line options:
“Until Jason Ferguson returns in Week 9, there's likely room for two more backup linemen among tackles Paul Soliai (a front-runner, but coaches want more consistency), Ryan Baker (making a strong push) and Travis Ivey (one player said he had a hard time), and ends Lionel Dotson and Ikaika Alama-Francis.”
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