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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: DL Dayo Odeyingbo

  • The Draft Network
  • January 10, 2021
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Dayo Odeyingbo has played DE, he's reduced down to a 3-technique, and has even played NT in subpackages. He has exceptional reactive athleticism, as evidenced in his body control and agility as a pass rusher. He has outstanding length and uses it to extend, disengage, and get to the football against the run. In the passing game, he is raw but has outstanding athleticism. He demonstrates excellent closing quickness to the QB, but could afford to develop a more refined pass rush approach. He has the athleticism to play in an even or odd front scheme. He can play 4-3 DE, 3-4 OLB, or 3-4 DT. His versatility is ideal for today's NFL and his best football could be ahead of him in the NFL. 

Ideal Role: Eventual starting EDGE defender.

Scheme Fit: He can play OLB in a 3-4 or 4-3 DE.


Written by Drae Harris

Games watched: South Carolina (2020), Missouri (2020)

Best Game Studied: Missouri (2020)

Worst Game Studied: None

First-Step Explosion: He has good initial quickness off the line of scrimmage. He demonstrates fast twitch and agility as a pass rusher. He immediately threatens linemen with his quickness and athleticism.

Flexibility: He demonstrates good flexibility to bend on the edge. He is a taller player who gets his pad level higher than ideal, but he has shown the ability to twist and contort his body on the edge. 

Hand Counters: He can afford to develop better usage and technique with his hands. He wins with raw athleticism and has been effective. However, when he develops his technique, his ceiling is enormous. He is a candidate to ascend with pro coaching.  

Hand Power: He demonstrates power in his hands. This is evidenced when he needs to disengage and get to the football. He could afford to be more consistent in this regard.  

Run Defending: He demonstrates sufficient ability against the run. He is better as a chase player on the backside than when he is playside. He is a taller player who needs to play with more consistent pad level to maximize his effectiveness. 

Effort: He plays with good effort. When he is rushing the passer and his initial move isn’t effective, he continues to work to get home. He is also a good chase player on the backside of run plays.

Football IQ: His football IQ is good. This is evidenced in his ability as a run defender against the zone read. He does a good job of using his length and leveraging the mesh point on the edge.

Lateral Mobility: He has good lateral mobility. This is mainly due to his outstanding movement skills for a young man of his size. He is agile, athletic, and a prime candidate to ascend with pro coaching. 

Functional Strength: He has good functional strength. When he plays with good pad level, he does a good job holding the point of attack. He also is effective when setting the edge.

Versatility: He has outstanding versatility. He has the size and athletic ability to align in multiple places in any given defensive scheme. He can be an EDGE defender in a 4-3 or a 3-4 defense and can reduce down inside in subpackage situations. 

Prospect Comparison: Preston Smith (2015 NFL Draft, Washington Football Team)


TDN Consensus: 75.50/100

Kyle Crabbs: 73.50/100

Joe Marino: 73.50/100

Jordan Reid: 77.00/100

Drae Harris: 78.00/100

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