Brian Baldinger breaks down why Dayo Odeyingbo could be an impact player for Colts this season
NFL analyst, Brian Baldinger, explains how second-year defensive lineman, Dayo Odeyingbo can take a big step with the Indianapolis Colts.
In last year’s draft, after selecting Kwity Paye in the first round, the Indianapolis Colts would double down on defensive linemen and draft Dayo Odeyingbo in the second round. Some criticized the move because Odeyingbo was recovering from a ruptured Achilles at the time, but Indy was confident that he would recover and be a promising player.
Since Odeyingbo returned, that is proving to be true. He played in just 10 games as a rookie and recorded one sack, which was a big-time strip sack, and six total tackles. However, he was a rookie being dropped in midseason without a proper training camp or preseason. But now, Odeyingbo has had both of those things.
Returning for year two, Odeyingbo has shown up healthy and is taking advantage of all of his reps. In preseason action from the first two games, Dayo has flashed a lot of promise for the Colts, especially in Week 2 against the Detroit Lions. His play against the Lions grabbed the attention of former offensive lineman and current analyst, Brian Baldinger, as Odeyingbo was the subject of a famous Baldy Breakdown.
Dayo Odeyingbo should be more productive in year two with Colts
In the two-minute breakdown, Baldinger highlights several plays from the game against the Lions that shows how Dayo Odeyingbo has improved. Dayo shows speed, strength, athleticism, and a relentless pursuit of the football— all things that make a quality defensive linemen.
Because he was limited last season and also didn’t get to perform at the Combine or a pro day, Odeyingbo’s size and athleticism are often overlooked. He’s 6-foot-6, 276 pounds, and moves extremely well. His combination of size and athleticism gives him the ability to play on the inside and the edge.
Dayo should be much more improved this year now with a full offseason under his belt. If he can put it all together with his physical tools, Odeyingbo should be another promising defensive lineman contributing to the pass rush for the Colts.