June 13, 2024

Devy Digest: Rome Odunze

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Rome Odunze

 

Washington Huskies
Position: Wide Receiver 6’3″ 216 lbs
Age: 22
Draft Eligible: 2024
Devy Digest WR Rank: 16 Stats:


Who is Rome Odunze?


Rome Odunze was a 4* in the composites and attended powerhouse Bishop Gorman, in Las Vegas and was named Gatorade Player of the Year in Nevada for 2019. Odunze had a spectacular Senior season with 54 catches over 1200 yards and 15 touchdowns. Odunze was also a Track athlete during his time at Bishop Gorman. Odunze held offers from UCLA, Tennessee, Florida, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Washington. Odunze’s Freshman season was the shortened COVID-19 season and he appeared in all games, at that time, Washington was a barren roster void of talent. In 2021, he earned the starting role in 7 games and was an impactful player for a program that was rebuilding and earned the full time starting position in 2022 when he had an outstanding season and helped lead the program into a quick resurgence. This year, Odunze has even improved on those stats and become a key cog in their hopes for a College Football Playoff appearance.

Advance Metrics courtesy of Campus 2 Canton




Strengths


Rome Odunze is a strong physical receiver who brings good size to the table. Odunze’s play strength is evident as soon as you turn the tape on, a simple jab as a press coverage tactic will not work and Odunze will easily fight through that and get to his desired destination. Odunze will body up smaller defenders and use that to his advantage to create separation, rather than manipulating a defender with footwork or body movement. Odunze, furthermore shows his physicality after the catch as he will run through a defender to gain additional yards. Odunze wins with speed and strength.

Improvements/Concern


Odunze at times appears to be stiff at the hip and has trouble in and out of his breaks, Odunze also struggles to accelerate out of his breaks and is more of a long striding galloper that takes a few strides to get to his peak. Rome Odunze, at times lacks the “My ball” mentality and doesn’t pluck the ball out of mid air and will sometimes lazily wait for it. That split millisecond in the NFL can turn a big completion into a deflected pass. While a track athlete in High School, Odunze is not a burner in that sense, nor is he a creator after the catch. The lack of nuance to his game will make it easy for defenders at the next level to figure him out, while it’s not necessary to have the full package coming out of the draft, Odunze also appears to be a beneficiary of a friendly offensive system at Washington where nothing is really too difficult from a concept perspective. Odunze has natural talent but so does the entire roster of every NFL team. To be a difference maker, he will need to develop the small things that have been overlooked thus far in his career. Another concern is his family, there are literally dozens of burner accounts created by his family to monitor X, and any negative or non-glowing comment regarding Odunze, they will attack like little trolls. The NFL won’t play too kindly to that.

Devy Value


Rome Odunze is a devy sell, he brings a lot of traits that the NFL will take a second and third glance at and because of that, other league managers will too. While Odunze can develop into an overall well rounded receiver to get to his second and third contract, I would be fielding offers in devy leagues, and if I can flip him for say a Chris Godwin or an injured Mike Williams, I would make that trade.

NFL Outlook


Odunze has good size and physicality, his tight hips don’t allow him to be a fluid in breaking receiver, and his lack of acceleration out of breaks will also allow defenders to catch up with him. Odunze should run a decent 40 time as that is just a straight line run and something he should do well based on his track background, but I’ll be interested to see if he does the shuttle cone. Rome Odunze has every right to be in consideration for the WR3 of the class, but at the same time, he could easily go as the WR7 off the board. I would say his absolute floor is late day two draft capital. He’s a typical “X” receiver at the next level but could easily fall into the Quentin Johnston playbook and go to a team where there are established receivers ahead of him and he’ll have time to learn under them, instead of being an immediate impactful player.