Where to begin here?
Has there been a more polarizing player to this fan base who has seemingly barely played than O’Daniel? Some fans think he is the ideal player to lock down tight ends while others say he is a complete bust. Either way you stand on him, his playing time as well as roster spot could be in jeopardy.
While linebacker is probably the weakest link on the Chiefs roster, O’Daniel still needs to step up whenever football gets back. Looking at the roster as it stands now, it is not hard to see him as a top 5 linebacker on this team. The problem will be seeing the field with how much Spags uses extra defensive backs.
While he hasn’t had a ton of chances on the defensive side of the ball, the athleticism is there and he has all of the makings of an impact player. Something is holding him back and whether it is not understanding the system or something else. Willie Gay Jr. getting drafted in the second round will only push him even further down the depth chart. Gay was one of the most athletic players in the draft, and if it weren’t for some off-the-field issues, he was probably a first round pick.
Drafting Gay is basically selecting the guy to take over what O’Daniel was supposed to be and more. While it is very early to give up on such a physical specimen, it is hard to see O’Daniel get more playing time this season than last. He is a good special teamer which helps his case of staying on the roster, but unless Spags sees improvement in understanding the system, he may be relegated to only that if he makes the team at all.