Dorian O’Daniel Draft Profile

Dorian O'Daniel draft profile

Strengths:

  • Technically sound tackler
  • Offers versatility
  • Special teams monster
  • Finished career with 48 special teams tackles and most of them in kick coverage
  • Reads and squeezes from zone
  • Finished 2017 with seven passes defensed including two pick-six interceptions
  • Possesses agility for lateral tackles against cutback runs

Analysis: Athletic linebackers like Dorian O’Daniel are earning high marks from NFL scouts because they need to cover the middle of the field in passing situations. ACC coaches recognized O’Daniel’s talent in 2017, naming him second-team all-conference after he led the Tigers with 103 tackles, including 11.5 for loss and five sacks, as well as three pass breakups in 14 starts. He will offer teams versatility as he can be a two-down linebacker in the NFL, but can also be utilized in the ‘rover’ position basically adding a third safety/backer in passing situations.  He is a dominant force on special teams and will be able to make an NFL roster on that ability alone. He accumulated 48 special teams tackles during his career at Clemson. Solid in coverage, specifically a zone scheme, O’Daniel was productive with seven pass defensed and two pick-six interceptions.

Weaknesses:

  • Just one season as starter
  • Has the frame of a big safety, but is an average athlete in space
  • Pursuit speed is below par
  • Often blocked by smaller slot players against spread rushing attacks
  • Needs to prove he can beat blocks near the line of scrimmage on next level
  • Gives up separation when matched in man coverage
  • Plays upright and needs to do better job of anticipating routes

Analysis: What Dorian O’Daniel lacks in size and speed at the linebacker spot, he makes up for with production and consistency. He may not have the tools to become a quality full-time starter at linebacker, but his outstanding career as a special teams cover talent could be enough to earn him a roster spot and a place in the league for years to come. He only had one season as a starter at Clemson and is still learning the nuances of the position. He plays upright and needs to do better job of anticipating routes in coverage. O’Daniel is an average athlete and his pursuit speed is considered below average by NFL standards. He gives up too much separation when matched in man coverage.

What the scouts say: “His special teams production is really rare. He has a feel for navigating around the traffic and finding the football. He might get drafted and make a team just on his special teams ability alone.” — NFC regional scout

Size: 6’1 223lbs

Draft Grade: Day 3 grade

NFL Comparison: Josh Harvey-Clemons

Draft Projection: Round 5-6

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