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Vanderbilt DE Dayo Odeyingbo Drafted by Indianapolis Colts with 54th overall pick

The Commodores’ pass rusher goes in the second round.

NCAA Football: Mississippi at Vanderbilt Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

In spite of a torn Achilles’ tendon, Vanderbilt senior defensive lineman Dayo Odeyingbo went off the board in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Odeyingbo, a 6’5”, 285-pound defensive end from Irving, Texas, joined the Commodores as part of the 2017 recruiting class and found his way onto the field pretty much immediately, playing in all 12 games as a true freshman. He would end up starting 29 games in four years at Vanderbilt, including all eight games of his senior season in 2020. As a senior, he led the team with 5.5 sacks and eight tackles for loss.

He goes to the Indianapolis Colts, who also used their first round pick on a defensive lineman (Michigan’s Kwity Paye.) In spite of the injury, he should be ready to play in September or October.

Congratulations to Dayo on an excellent career at Vanderbilt and we wish him luck in the NFL.