Steelers 2021 mock draft: Taking the best players available
Round 4: EDGE Dayo Odeyingbo
Much like how the MLB situation unfolded for the Steelers defense in 2020, the EDGE position, unfortunately, followed suit. After LB Devin Bush fell to a season-ending injury, Robert Spillane stepped in and proved himself on the field, which was synonymous with how OLB Alex Highsmith performed in Bud Dupree’s absence.
Each likely to be the starters moving forward, Spillane and Highsmith, depth is a grave issue on this roster at each position. Already selecting JOK in the 1st round and lined up with the five names below, EDGE Dayo Odeyingobo of Vanderbilt made too much sense.
In a fight between Odeyingbo and DT Marvin Wilson, Dayo got the nod for being more than what he is. Meaning he’s a true DL in the sense that he can contribute everywhere. Whether it was as an EDGE, DT, or even NT in sub-packages at Vandy, it will be interesting to how a team approaches Odeyingbo’s skill set in the NFL.
At 6’5, 285 lbs, he’s finesse over strength as a rusher that uses his massive 86 3/8 wingspan as an advantage when disengaging blocks. Explosive off the snap, he has a motor that is generating, whether it’s pressures, sacks, or batted passes.
On the flip side, Dayo would benefit from finding consistent control in his technique and footwork & more success against the run. Also, suffering a torn Achilles this offseason is something teams will have to consider & is the sole reason why the chance for him in the fourth round to the Steelers could realistically happen.
EDGE Jordan Smith, EDGE Hamilcar Rashed Jr., DL Marvin Wilson, OG Kendrick Green