Washington WR Rome Odunze, projected first-rounder, enters draft

League: NCAA Football

Posted on: 12 Jan, 2024 at 08:48 PM

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Washington wide receiver Rome Odunze entered the 2024 NFL Draft and is projected to be a first-round pick.

Odunze is rated the No. 2 receiver and No. 6 prospect in the draft by Field Level Media, which graded Odunze as a first-round pick in 2023 when he opted to return to chase a national championship.

Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. entered the draft earlier this week, which could make the top of the 2024 group one of the best in years.

Odunze said he received "some solid feedback" from the NFL a year ago when he reached out regarding a potential decision to turn pro. In the end, he said it wasn't enough to push him to leave Seattle.

But Odunze isn't bashful about assessing his skill set as a fit in the NFL.

"I think it translates well. I think I have a wide variety of skills, you know. I can get the job done on any given play with those skill sets and I think I'm a student of the game and the league, I think it becomes a lot more mental than it is physical at times," Odunze said prior to the CFP national championship. "You have to have the physical attributes and the ability which I think I have, but I have the mental fortitude to be able to go through those 17 weeks and to be able to learn and grow and become a more knowledgeable football player that I think will be key."

Odunze recorded 92 receptions for 1,640 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Huskies in his final season. Washington (14-1) finished runner-up in the College Football Playoff, losing to Michigan in the national title game in Houston last week.

In four seasons with Washington, Odunze had 214 receptions for 3,272 yards and 24 touchdowns.

--Field Level Media