Don’t sleep on Eagles UDFA LB Dante Olson
26 April 2020 Uncategorized
The Philadelphia Eagles signed one of the most intriguing linebacker prospects right after the draft.
Usually, the draft ends and teams take the next few hours signing in drafted free agents. The Eagles spent no time releasing their undrafted free agent draft class which included Montana linebacker Dante Olson. And with signing Olson, that’s where things get interesting.
Olson was a monster linebacker at Montana. He has Montana career tackles record with 397, while also breaking the school and conference record with tackles in a season with 179. He also racked up 26 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks and three interceptions in his career. But, best of all, he was awarded the Buck Buchanan Award which was given to the top defensive player in FCS.
The reason he fell in the draft and at the end became an undrafted free agent was because he ran a 4.81 forty yard dash at the combine. However, when he’s on the field, the supposed slow speed doesn’t show up. He’s always around the ball, he’s going to leave every game making a bunch of tackles.
He’s got great instincts and displays great play recognition. He’s someone who really understands football and can understand what teams want to do to them. Being able to quickly dissect what NFL teams do is going to go a long way in his development. He’s going to have a much smoother transition in the league.
The saying goes; “see ball, get ball.” A player who has tunnel vision for the ball. Everything around him is irrelevant, Olson wants to make the tackle on every play. It’s definitely a special trait that not everyone has. How is he going to fit in with the Eagles?
With Nate Gerry and TJ Edwards returning, they’re likely going to be the starters going forward. There’s also Duke Riley who cannot be forgotten about. And, the Eagles draft Davion Taylor and Shaun Bradley to add some more youth and more importantly, speed, to the equation. It’s also very likely the Eagles will use K’Von Wallace and Will Parks in the hybrid safety role meaning just two true linebackers are required to be on the field. Olson has all the traits to become a solid starter in this league, he’s just going to need time to develop.
Going back on the question, Olson could easily make the roster and be used as a special teams player to start his career. Running and finding the ball is something that comes easy to him, he’d be a very good special teams player. However, it’s likely he’ll start the season on the practice squad but watch out, he’s definitely one to watch. He’s a pure of a linebacker you’ll ever see.