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Joe Odom

LB | (0-0, 241) | Purdue
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Redshirted in 1998. Played in every game in '99, starting three. Started eight-of-nine games in 2000 and 10-of-12 at middle linebacker in '01. Missed three games in 2000 with a lower back injury. Had 42 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two sacks, two passes broken up and one blocked kick in '99. Had 53-4-2-2 with one interception and one blocked kick in 2000 and 78-7-2-3 in '01. Moved to the strong side in '02 and started 12-of-13 games, making 72 tackles, including six for loss, one sack and three passes broken up.

Positives: Good athletic ability. Exceptional timed speed. Good hip flexibility and change of direction. Can cover tight end and has a lateral burst. Gets good depth in his drops. Pretty aware in zone coverage. Takes good angles and has top pursuit speed. Makes calls. Can break down and make plays if kept clean. Good player in space. Has good football intelligence. Good reading and reacting. Runs well and is very strong.

Negatives: Bites too easily on fakes. Doesn't play the strong side and gets blocked and knocked around. Not a real strong face-up tackler. Doesn't look like a natural middle linebacker and may be better outside. Not a leader. Lacks confidence in his play. Often out of position. Weight-room numbers don't translate to the field, especially in strength, where he is a 405-pound bench presser. Doesn't take on blocks with strength or leverage. Does not use his hands well. Drops interceptions and needs to work on his hands and concentration.

Summary: Has to learn to shed and get stronger at the point if he wants to be anything more than a supersub with athleticism to burn.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.