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Jared Odrick, Penn State teammates put on a show during Pro Day in State College

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    Jared Odrick, Penn State teammates put on a show during Pro Day in State College
    By BOB FLOUNDERS, The Patriot-News
    March 17, 2010, 6:00PM

    http://blog.pennlive.com/bobflounders/2010/03/jared_odrick_penn_state_teamma.html

    AP Photo/Michael ConroyPenn State's Jared Odrick runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis.STATE COLLEGE – “Versatile” is the word Jared Odrick used to describe his play on the football field.

    “Loose” would be a really good word to describe his demeanor off it.

    The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year was on display for NFL scouts during Penn State's Pro Day today inside Holuba Hall. Odrick, a three-year starter at defensive tackle for Joe Paterno's team, is viewed as one of the top defensive linemen available in the April 22-24 NFL draft.

    He played end during his true freshman year of 2006 at PSU. He was standout inside during the last three years.

    And as the draft approaches, the 6-5, 300-pounder isn't showing any signs of nervousness. No, he is about 80 degrees removed from that quality.

    After his afternoon workout, Odrick was a man on a mission. He had to replace his driver's license he lost at the combine. Then he had to board a flight for Burbank, Calif. to participate in an upcoming “Sports Science” program on ESPN.

    But Odrick still took time to needle a couple of Penn State writers. He poked fun at one scribe's unusually large sunglasses. And Odrick gave a Philadelphia writer the business for bringing up one of his “alleged” weaknesses – upper-body strength.

    “Who's writing that? Is it you guys? Are you guys making a mock draft? I don't know if I want to believe you guys,'' said Odrick, piling on the sarcasm.

    “I think I'm just as strong or stronger than anybody out there.''

    And what about his guest-starring role on “Sports Science”, a program that uses pro athletes to discuss state-of-the-art technologies to help test the limits of human abilities and performance?

    “I guess they're going to have me hooked up to a few things and I'm going to run,'' Odrick said.

    “I don't know, actually. I don't know, but they're going to measure something. Whether they're going to measure my body output, I don't know.''

    Odrick said his best 40-yard dash today was in the 4.90 range and added he has “multiple” individual workouts lined up before the draft.

    “I think I fit at a lot of places, it will be interesting to see what happens,'' Odrick said.

    “I'm versatile, let's just put it that way.''

    Several Penn State players were smiling as they emerged from their workouts. Quarterback Daryll Clark, who didn't run at the NFL scouting combine because of a hamstring injury, said he clocked in at 4.61.

    Linebackers Sean Lee and Navorro Bowman, who ran 4.72 at the combine, said they ran 4.6s, with Lee averaging closer to mid-4.6 and Bowman going 4.61.

    Bowman and Lee also had to answer questions that could affect their draft order. Lee missed the 2008 season recovering from a torn right anterior cruciate ligament and dealt with sprained left ACL last season.

    Bowman, a two-time first-team All-Big Ten choice, had a pair of off-field issues – he was involved in an on-campus fight a couple years back and also admitted to using marijuana prior to his senior year.

    “I think each time that I work out, I prove that I'm healthy and 100 percent,'' said the 6-2, 239-pound Lee, who has workouts scheduled with Atlanta, Dallas, Arizona, the New York Giants and Indianapolis.

    “I think I've shown that I can come back from an injury. … It's a big concern and it should be. I haven't been healthy for the last two years.

    “But now I think I'm training a little bit differently, kind of gearing more toward the weaknesses in my body, I think I've made some big strides.''

    Bowman never ducked any questions about his personal life while playing for Penn State. He said he won't change for NFL teams./p
    “They're investing so much in you, they want to get to know you inside and out,'' said the 6-1, 237-pound Bowman, who is represented by agent Drew Rosenhaus.

    “We all know that I've had my issues here and I've had some good times here. They want to know all those things. I answered to them, 100 percent honest.

    “I was going through some things, and some hard times at the time,'' Bowman said of his off-field issues.

    “We all have to mature some time and learn from the mistakes that you make.''

    Bowman, Lee, Clark and Odrick were four of the six PSU players invited to the combine. Tight end Andrew Quarless and linebacker Josh Hull also made the trip to Indianapolis.

    PSU tight end Mickey Shuler Jr. spent the last two months training for Wednesday's Pro Day at a performance center in Pensacola, Fla.. He believes he made the most of his one shot and is hoping for some workout invites from NFL teams.

    Several former teammates congratulated Shuler after his Wednesday workout, including Bowman. The 6-4, 251-pound Shuler said he ran in the 4.6s, broad-jumped almost 11 feet, was measured at 37 inches in the vertical jump and bench-pressed 225 pounds 28 times. Those aren't good numbers. They are great numbers.

    “Not too shabby,'' joked Shuler, an East Pennsboro High School grad.

    “They tested me on everything and I think I tested out pretty well.''
    'I wasn't nervous, just ready. It was my first time to go out and show what I can do.''

    NOTES: CB Knowledge Timmons ran a 4.49 and CB A.J. Wallace ran 4.45. … TE Andrew Quarless said he ran 4.5 “and change” after running a 4.6 at the combine. … QB Daryll Clark said he spent more than two weeks in Tampa working with former NFL QB Steve DeBerg to correct his mechanics. … LB Navorro Bowman said he has workouts scheduled with Dallas and Pittsburgh. … Former PSU star Tamba Hali was spotted at the workout and so was former Lions wideout Chafie Fields, an agent who is representing Clark.
  2. The Natural

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    went to high school with that kid Wallace, he's a do it all type of player, CB, RB/Slot Reciever, Kick Return, Punt Return. Might be worth a late round pick if not an undrafted pick up
  3. StanleySpadowski

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    Shuler is an intriguing player. Probably not someone Dalllas will look at unless a TE is moved but his Dad went to a couple of pro bowls as a TE with the Jets so you'd think that the fundamentals of the position are there.
  4. Woods

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    Maybe as an H-Back role?

    Seems like we've shown interest in a couple of those types (i.e., Dickerson and Garrett).
  5. CowboyDan

    CowboyDan Anger is a Gift

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    I would love for Odrick or Lee to come here!

    Jared's a friend of a friend and a fellow PSU grad, so that would be really cool. Plus then he'd come out to our autograph sessions, so y'all would get to meet him. :)
  6. cowboyjoe

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    cool thanks for the info

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