NFL Draft: Dayo Odeyingbo selected in the second round by the Colts

Former Vanderbilt defensive lineman Dayo Odeyingbo was selected 54th overall by the Indianapolis Colts.


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Dayo Odeyingbo (#10) played four years for the Commodores and totaled 8 career sacks. (Hustler Multimedia/Hunter Long).

Justin Hershey, Lead Sports Analyst

Former Commodore defensive lineman Dayo Odeyingbo heard his name called in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft Friday. He was the 54th overall pick and the seventh defensive lineman off the board.

The the Irving, Texas native and four-year standout at Vanderbilt concluded his Commodore career as the anchor of the defensive line and co-captain of the defense as a senior in 2020. In eight games this past season, Odeyingbo totaled 8 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks which was enough to earn him second-team All-SEC honors. He did not play in Vanderbilt’s final game against Tennessee after opting out of the season on Dec. 8 following the firing of former head coach Derek Mason.

Odeyingbo had long been considered an impressive draft prospect due to his unique physical characteristics. He stands at 6-foot-6 with a wingspan of 86 inches and considering that size, may be able to play both on the interior and edge in the NFL.

The Athletic’s Dan Brugler reported on Jan. 24 that Odeyingbo suffered a torn achilles during training. This sidelined him for both the Senior Bowl and the NFL Draft Combine and likely forced him to wait a bit longer to hear his name called from Cleveland.

For an in-depth look at Odeyingbo and what he brings to the Colts, refer to The Hustler’s 2021 Draft Profile.

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