Rome Odunze (WR) – Washington / Junior
6’3”, 200 Lbs. (Unofficial)
2022 Stats: 12 Games, 75 Rec, 1145 Yds, 15.3 YPR, 7 TDs
2023 Stats: 7 Games, 45 Rec, 818 Yds, 18.2 YPR, 6 TDs
Awards: 2023 Midseason All-America First Team (AP)
Measurables: (Available post-combine/pro day)
RAS: (Available post-combine/pro day)
Games Watched: 2023 Vs. Oregon, 2023 Vs. Boise State
Natural deep ball/big play wide receiver, has the frame to box defenders out and knows how to utilize his frame to keep himself in prime position between the DB and the football. Ball tracking like an outfielder, graceful and dominant. Playmaker, 39 of his 45 receptions have gone for 1st downs (through 7 games). One of his biggest plays of the year came against Oregon, trailing by 4 with 1:40 left in the 4th, back shoulder fade, concentration catch with DB in his pocket and hands in his face. Speed and ability to make defenders miss make him a threat in the short/intermediate game as a space player, capable of taking short passes a long way. Does not shy away from contact, willing to fight through contact for the contested catch, big bodied receiver who plays like one.
Though I believe Odunze is a 1st round prospect with a very high ceiling, I tend to question any wide receiver who puts up monster numbers in the Pac 12 in an offense with a high volume passing attack. I’d really like to see Washington make the College Football playoffs or a high caliber bowl game and have Odunze match-up with one of the best CBs in the country. Allows DBs to get hands on him more often than I’d like to see for a player with his quickness. Needs to use his strength/quickness better to fight through press/jam.
Led the Pac-12 in receiving yards in 2022 with 1145 receiving yards and is currently on pace to do that again with 818 yards through 7 games. Odunze is a true X, coming in at 6 ‘3”, 200 lbs with a sturdy frame and pairing that with an ability to not only stretch the field but to break some tackles after the catch and pile up some YAC. In High School Odunze was named all-state for track and field, Odunze regularly showcases that speed, currently averaging 18.2 yards per reception (9th most in the nation). Odunze is not just a speed guy, uses his frame well and is capable of the big body chain moving completions in traffic and I believe his versatility will put him the conversation to be picked in the 1st round of the 2024 NFL Draft.
Completed by: @coachschepps, 10/25/23
Reviewed & edited: J. Clark, 10/25/23