The 2018 season was filled with rookie contribution for the Indianapolis Colts. Most will attribute that to the draft picks, but there were plenty of UDFA assistance to a surprisingly successful year for the Colts as well.
Today, Zach Hicks joins Matt Danely as they talk to Colts’ safety, and UDFA George Odum. Odum was part of an everchanging roster, and safety position for the Colts in 2018. We saw T.J. Green shown the door, and Matthias Farley lose out on most of the season due to injury.
Odum became a vital part of a safety corps that also gained influential veteran Mike Mitchell, and was a key position in the success of a very young defense. Odum was an excellent special teams contributor, and was third at the position in total tackles despite only starting two games for the Colts.
Odum looks to possibly be a long-term piece in a defense going through a massive youth movement in Chris Ballard’s third full season as GM.
Making his second season that much more interesting is the Colts’ situation at safety. Most of the 2018 safety group are free agents, and the team could very well be in the hunt for an unquestioned starter opposite Malik Hooker.
Odum isn’t worried about all of that though. Odum is quite confident in his abilities, his willingness to work harder than anyone else, and the fact that he cherishes every opportunity he gets on the field.
Odum was a fun interview, and was candid about his outlook to being in the NFL and doesn’t rely on a chip on his shoulder from being an UDFA. He feels that he belongs in the NFL, and has everything he needs to remain a success in the league with his diverse skillset.
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