Former Carrollton Ranchview defender Dayo Odeyingbo, an intriguing prospect from Vanderbilt, was selected by the Indianapolis Colts with the 54th overall win in Round 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft.
According to The Athletic’s Dane Brugler, Odeyingbo was selected after suffering a ruptured Achilles tear in January.
Odeyingbo, a 6-foot-6, 275-pound prospectus, played for Vanderbilt every four years, starting each of his last three seasons. He ended his Commodores career with a total of 122 tackles and 26.5 tackles against loss. He had eight sacks in his career, but he had plenty of pass rushing potential this season when he had 5.5 sacks in a shortened eight game season.
NFL.com drafts analyst Lance Zeirlein said Odeyingbo, the younger brother of former Vanderbilt and Cistercian defender Dare Odeyingbo, is a prospect with “tempting ingredients.” He compared Odeyingbo to Montez Sweat, the Washington Football Team’s edge rusher, who had nine sacks in a breakout season last year.
“Odeyingbo is a projection with open eyes and rare physical features and definitive flashes on the field that make it much easier to take on your upper limit as a professional,” wrote Zeirlein in part of Odeyingbo, which he projects as a selection for round four or five. “He hurries with a combative demeanor, but his unfocused manual work has to be optimized and polished.”
This potential was shown for the first time at the Ranchview. He played on both offense and defense and was also a hurdler and thrower for the Ranchview course team. He was rated a three-star recruit according to 247Sports and has since added two inches more height. As a senior, he had 47 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, seven sacks, and three forced fumbles for Ranchview.
Odeyingbo is still on the mend after his Achilles injury in January, but the Colts saw enough production and potential to select him.
Locals in rounds 1-3
In Round 2, choose 41 for the Lions: Allen’s Levi Onwuzurike
On round 2, dial 54 for the Colts: Carrollton Ranchview’s Dayo Odeyingbo
On Round 2, choose 58 for the Chiefs: Nick Bolton of Frisco Lone Star
Round 3, dial 73 to the Eagles: Crowleys Milton Williams
On round 3, choose 76 to the Saints: Mansfields Paulson Adebo
In round 3 you choose 104 to the ravens: Planos Brandon Stephens
On round 3, dial 105 for the Broncos: Kennedale’s Baron Browning
If @VandyFootball DL Dayo Odeyingbo hadn’t sustained a post-season injury in January, whoooo man … what a talented, versatile big man who would get a lot more pre-draft discussions. They don’t make her look much better than him physically. A fun gamer to look at.
– Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) April 14, 2021
Dayo Odeyingbo = consistently impressive to watch other orienteering. I think he’s a stallion. Hope he can return 100% from the torn Achilles.
– Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) April 16, 2021
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