Dorian O’Daniel is an unknown outside linebacker from Clemson and it’s my job to give you the low down. He was a four-year player that didn’t become a starter until his junior year so he knows he has to work, nothing will be handed to him.
Linebackers like O’Daniel that can cover the field on passing downs are sought after in the NFL.
The former Clemson Tiger played sparingly his first two years, producing 63 tackles in 23 games. Then he came into his own as a junior playing in 13 games and earning some starts. O’Daniel finished the year with 54 tackles (10 for a loss) and two and a half sacks. The linebacker was all over the field in 2017. He started 14 games and accumulated 88 tackles (11.5 for a loss), five sacks and two pick sixes.
O’Daniel (6’1″ 223 lbs) is projected to be drafted in the sixth or seventh round. The problem is he only has one season as a starter under his belt and needs to prove more. Dorian needs to be coached up, but he can be productive when given the reps. He probably won’t be a Pro Bowler or even a full-time starter, but he could earn a spot on special teams. The linebacker accumulated 48 special team tackles in his collegiate career.
40 – yard dash: 4.61 seconds
Bench press: 21 reps
Vertical jump: 32″
Broad jump: 119″
3 cone drill: 6.64 seconds
20 – yard shuttle: 4.07 seconds
Here are his highlights from 2017 and he looks like more than a sixth-round pick: