The Atlanta Falcons began this week continuing their spree of signing defensive players. On Monday, the Falcons signed defensive end Chris Odom.
After going undrafted in 2017 out of Arkansas State, Odom spent his rookie year on the Atlanta practice squad. He didn't appear in any regular season games, but then last year, he dressed seven games for the Green Bay Packers.
To begin 2019, Odom played for the Salt Lake Stallions in the AAF.
With the Packers in 2018, Odom posted six total tackles, including three solos, three assists and one tackle for loss. In college with the Arkansas State Red Wolves, who are part of the Sun Belt Conference, Odom posted 87 total tackles -- 49 solos and 38 assisted tackles -- including 23.0 for loss and 15.5 sacks in 49 career games.
His best college season, by far, came when he was a senior. Playing in all 13 games, Odom posted 53 total tackles, including 17.5 for loss and 12.5 sacks with two pass defenses and four forced fumbles in 2016.
Odom will have to impress this summer to earn a roster spot. More than likely, he will end up on the Falcons practice squad. In that scenario, perhaps Odom can play well enough during training camp and the preseason that he can earn a roster spot on another team.
Either way, the odds are stacked against Odom, but when that's the case, it's hard for fans not to pull for him, as he is such an underdog story.