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Odrick Now A Veteran On The Defensive Line

Posted Jun 16, 2014

In his first four seasons, Jared Odrick has proven a solid, dependable defender capable of stopping the run and rushing the passer.

It doesn’t seem that long ago that Jared Odrick arrived in South Florida as a Dolphins first-round pick, yet he now finds himself as one of the elder statesmen along the defensive line.

In terms of tenure, only Randy Starks and Cameron Wake have been part of the Dolphins defensive line longer than Odrick, who is getting ready to embark on his fifth season.

“It does go by fast,” Odrick said during a recent appearance on The Finsiders. “It’s kind of crazy. You don’t feel old, but then you start realizing how much advice you’re giving to rookies or younger guys or new guys to the team. It’s kind of like, woah, I sound like Ronnie Brown or I sound like Ricky Williams or I sound like Anthony Fasano, guys like that when I came in, Yeremiah Bell and a bunch of other guys who were giving advice. It kind of took me back for a second. I’m like, man, five years, it’s crazy.”

In his first four seasons, Odrick has proven a solid, dependable defender capable of stopping the run and rushing the passer. Beyond that, Odrick has proven remarkably versatile.

In fact, it’s no stretch to suggest he’s as versatile a defensive lineman as the Dolphins have had in a long, long time.

Following a rookie season cut short after one game because of a foot injury, the last three years have seen Odrick line up predominantly at defensive end in the Dolphins’ 3-4 scheme in 2011, at defensive end in a 4-3 alignment in 2012, and at defensive tackle in 2013.

Odrick appears headed for a reprise this fall, and that’s something he sounds excited about.

“I played all over the D-line and I think that’s one thing I bring to the team,” Odrick said. “One of my attributes is all of my attributes. Diversity can help you and hurt you in that you don’t get to play one position, especially the position you think you’re best at, just because I do wear many hats for this team.

“Playing that 3 tech (defensive tackle) is something I’ve done very well throughout my career, collegiately and professionally, and something I think I’ll continue to do even better.”

Odrick figures to once again be a key part of the defensive tackle rotation along with two-time Pro Bowl selection Randy Starks and free agent acquisition Earl Mitchell.

The Dolphins also have several young defensive linemen with intriguing potential, among them Isaako Aaitui and A.J. Francis, as well as rookie free agents Anthony Johnson, Kamal Johnson and Garrison Smith.

“We’ve got a lot of young guys that are very talented, athletically gifted, guys that have a real shot at making this team,” Odrick said. “We had a lot of free agent guys in our (defensive line) room for this offseason. It’s going to be tough when it comes down to cutting guys and saving guys. All the rookies in our D-line room have really stood out. Not to slight the prior years, the previous years that guys were coming in undrafted, but this class is something to look at.”

Odrick, taken with the 28th overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft after the Dolphins traded down in the first round, has attracted his share of attention as well over the past three years.

Among his highlights was an interception in the 2011 season opener against the New England Patriots that he returned 39 yards. Odrick also recorded 15.5 sacks over the past three seasons, punctuating practically all of them with his famous Pee Wee Herman celebration dance.

Odrick takes great pride in his dancing prowess, and he naturally has taken notice of the “Pee Wee Herman dance cam” at NBA games hosted by the San Antonio Spurs.

“I was a little surprised by that just because I’ve been in San Antonio for bowl games and I’ve never seen anybody with fluid hips like mine when I was there,” Odrick said in his unique deadpan style. “It was very surprising that they would want to do something like that. Good for them, I guess, that they want to try. As long as they do their research, they first look up Pee Wee, then they look at some of my clips and learn how to do it. That’s all I’m saying. I just don’t want anybody to get hurt.”

No, Odrick is all about helping people these days.

That’s certainly what the Jared Odrick Golf Classic is all about. The second edition of the event will take place in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, this Saturday, June 21, two days after the Dolphins wrap up their three-day minicamp.

Odrick got several of his fellow Dolphins defensive linemen — Wake, Starks, Olivier Vernon, Derrick Shelby and Dion Jordan — to join the list of celebrities who will be participating.

“We’ll be hanging out in Lebanon one night and probably hanging out in Philly another night, and enjoying Pennsylvania,” Odrick said. “A lot of guys have never had a Philly cheesesteak. I promised them that and I promised them some Lebanon bologna, which we’re famous for.”

The golf tournament will be followed by a dinner and silent auction, with items up for bid including four club seats to a Dolphins game along with pregame field passes; Brian Hartline and Dion Jordan autographed footballs; and a lot more.

The event will benefit Operation Give-Back — it provides support for deployed military, military families, disabled veterans, fallen law enforcement and first responders — and Autism Speaks.

“We’re just really trying to raise as much funds as possible, bring a great even to my community and the community of Lebanon, Pennsyvlania, central Pennsylvania, and garner as much support and funds as we can,” Odrick said. “I am not a good golfer. I do have clubs, but I need to make better use of them. But it’s a chance to do that and to have fun, to raise some money.”

For information about the event, you can visit jaredodrickgolfclassic.org.