Possesses a good first step off the snap in the pass game and uses his length well to keep linemen from initially getting into his frame and bullying him off the ball. Does a nice job instantly dropping his base and has the ability to anchor vs. even bigger defensive linemen. However, he isn’t overly fluid on contact, has a tendency to get overextended and upright in his lower half and will allow opposing linemen to disengage laterally from his initial punch. However, he does have the ability to redirect and get his hands back on defenders once they gain a step inside, keeping them from cleanly making their way up the field. But, he doesn’t strike me as a guy who can consistently slide his feet and stay on blocks through contact one-on-one at the next level. Also, he’s had a really tough time staying healthy during the course of his career and his medical report is something worth monitoring. He will play through pain, but there is a lot of tape of him out there where he just looks banged up.
Impression: I don’t think he’s the type of athlete or top-tier center prospect many are making him out to be. And I honestly can’t see him excelling in any area of the game at the next level. Looked more like a reserve type center to me."
Negatives: Plays a little high at times, allows defender under his pads... Loses a lot of battles for leverage... Needs to get stronger and show a little more consistency at POA... Doesn't anchor well against bull rushers... Not a bigtime pile mover, doesn't get a lot of movement... Doesn't get much leverage drive blocking... Hands are quick but lack much pop, little violence to his game... Doesn't look very fluid in space, will overextend, reach and lunge... Struggles to hit moving targets... Not a great finisher... His durability (inability to stay healthy) will hurt his draft stock."
O'Dowd is smart and competitive and consistently maximized his talent. He has shown the flexibility to pass block with good leverage against straight-line rushers and can use his hands to lock up defenders. His great awareness and instinct for the position will impress any scout.
He spent his senior year improving his strength, but can still struggle to hold off against explosive, power rushers. O'Dowd is limited some athletically and can have trouble moving in traffic. O'Dowd had good intangibles and the athletic talent to warrant some consideration in the early part of Day 2. If he is able to show more strength, he could move up."
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