The Dolphins will be using a 4-3 defense in 2012, rather than their old 3-4, under new Head Coach Joe Philbin. Jared Odrick was a 1st round pick in 2010, coming to the NFL as a defensive tackle from Penn State. In Miami’s 3-4, they played Odrick at defensive end, something college defensive tackles often do. Odrick was a prototypical fit for the position, the so called 5-technique. He missed all of his rookie year with injuries, but played well in a situational role in 2011 at a crowded position.
Even with the switch to a 4-3, it sounds like the 6-5 304 pounder will still be playing defensive end, at least in base packages. On obvious passing downs, 3rd round pick rookie Olivier Vernon will come in for Odrick opposite Cameron Wake. Odrick could then slide inside and play defensive tackle with Randy Starks. Fully healthy and now on a less crowded defensive line, Odrick could be a full time player for the first time ever in 2012. If he is, there’s a good chance he has a breakout year and proves himself to be worth the 1st round pick the Dolphins used on him 2 years ago.