Jared Odrick Will Join Sedrick Ellis On The Saints First Line Of Defense

Randy SavoieAnalyst IIApril 22, 2010

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 12: Tackle Jared Odrick #91of the Penn State Nittany Lions celebrates sacking quarterback Greg Paulus of the Syracuse Orangemen during the first half at Beaver Stadium  September 12, 2009 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)
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How does a defensive line of Will Smith, Alex Brown, Sedrick Ellis and Jared Odrick sound to you Saints fans?

By late Thursday night, it will be a reality.

The New Orleans Saints will use the final selection of the first round on Penn St. defensive tackle Jared Odrick, a man the legendary Joe Paterno called one of the best defensive lineman he has ever coached in his 44 year career.

"[Odrick's] played really well, he's a great leader on the field and he reminds me a lot of the good ones we've had," Paterno told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Matt Millen, who played defensive tackle for us, is the same kind of guy."

Lofty praise considering Millen was a great player on four Super Bowl teams and a first-team All-American at Penn St. He's got the size at 6-foot-5, 296. He made seven All-America teams and was the Big Ten's defensive player of the year.

Odrick joined former All-American ends Michael Haynes (2002) and Courtney Brown (1999), and linebacker LaVar Arrington (1998) as the only Penn State players to win All Big Ten player of the year honors.

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