Rookie Scouting Profile: Rome Odunze

A thorough fantasy football break down for the 2024 NFL rookie class.

 

FullTime Fantasy Rookie Scouting Profile: Rome Odunze

Rome Odunze (WR) Washington

Ht. Wt. 40-Time NFL Draft Dynasty ADP NFL Comp
6-3 212 4.45 Top 10 1.03 Larry Fitzgerald

College Production

Rome Odunz was the Gatorade Nevada Player of the Year in 2019 out of Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas. He was recruited by Alabama, Miami (FL), Tennessee, and several Pac-12 schools before committing to Washington. Played in all four of the Huskies’ games as a true freshman. Became a starter in 2021, snagging 41-of-72 targets. In 2022, Odunze posted All-Pac-12 First Team numbers with 75 grabs for 1,145 yards and seven touchdowns. In his final season at Washington, Odunze was a First-Team AP All-American and Biltetnikoff Award finalist after leading FBS with 1,640 receiving yards. Also caught 92 balls and scored 14 times for the national runners-up.


Strengths

• Elite and nuanced route runner with no discernable weaknesses. Consistently able to create space with good separation ability and technique. Pulled off a rare feat per Matt Harmon’s Reception Perception charting.

• Outstanding blend of size and speed. Posted a 97th-percentile catch radius and 93rd-percentile Speed Score at the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine in Indy.

• A+ character and team-first guy who leads by example.

• Will be a contested catch and red-zone beast with the strength, size, and desire to come up with every ball. Uses his frame extremely well in this area.

• Led all receivers in contested catch targets (21) and ranked third with a sizzling 75% contested catch rate last season.

• Excelled against zone coverage and has slot/perimeter experience.

• Very good run-after-catch skills.

Concerns 

• Feasted on lesser Pac-12 defenders and was helped by a very WR-friendly Washington scheme.

• Bigger, physical cornerbacks can sometimes disrupt his release off the line in press coverage.

• Needs a little polish on technique and “selling” his intentions when breaking routes off.

• Could stand to add some muscle to his large frame.

Fantasy Outlook

When watching Rome Odunze’s tape, it’s easy to see why he is considered an elite NFL prospect. In previous season, Odunze’s combination of size and speed and consistent ability to get open would garner WR1 accolades. Even in this class, Odunze could very well be selected in the first 10 picks of the 2024 NFL Draft.

His pro comparisons include Larry Fitzgerald, DeAndre Hopkins, and Keenan Allen. That is high praise for a sizable wideout who can run all the routes and can get open.

I love Odunze but he is firmly in a tier of his own as my No. 3 wideout in this class.

Odunze will hear his name called early on Day One. However, the fantasy fan in me hopes that a competent team with a credible offense and signal caller pulls the trigger and Odunze can post solid numbers right out of the gate. Being mocked to the Giants, who certainly need wide receivers, is a concern for his 2024 redraft value.

He’s the easy 1.03 in rookie drafts and warrants top-20 attention in dynasty start-ups.

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See where Rome Odunze ranks in Jody’s 2024 rookie rankings

 

 


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