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Rome Odunze - Fantasy Points Outlook

Basic StatsRome Odunze's Basic Stats

Rome Odunze
ADP: 8.8
Bye: 7
Experience: 0
Age: 22.1
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 212
40 Time: 4.45
Burst Score (Rank): 128.30 (83%)
Agility Score (Rank): 10.91 (86%)
Catch Radius (Rank): 10.39 (97%)

Rome Odunze's Weekly Outlook

Week 1 Projections
Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
3.9 53.6 0.3 7.2
Weekly Writeup

Rest Of Way Outlook

Rome Odunze's 2024 Projections & Outlook

Scoring

#45 Wide Receiver

165.9 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
8.8 58.5 804 4.5 0 0

3D Projections DS 3D Projections

Basic StatsRome Odunze's Preseason Player Analysis

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Bottom Line

Odunze has the talent to deliver fantasy production right away. The biggest question will be whether he can garner enough targets. He’s going a little closer to Keenan Allen in ADP than we’d like, which keeps the rookie from being a redraft target.

What We Learned Last Year

  • Odunze continued the improvement he showed throughout his college career, solidifying himself as one of the nation’s top receivers.
  • He was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award (nation’s top WR) after posting 92 receptions, 1,640 yards, and 13 TDs.
  • Odunze averaged a terrific 17.8 yards per catch, up 2.6 from his strong junior season (and first year with QB Michael Penix Jr.).
  • His 2.93 yards per route ranked 18th among 286 WRs who drew at least 50 targets, according to Pro Football Focus. (That did trail seven other WRs drafted this year, though.)
  • Odunze did all that despite suffering a broken rib and punctured lung in the season’s fifth game.
  • He followed the production with strong Combine testing. That included a 94th-percentile speed score for the position, 83rd-percentile burst score, and 86th-percentile agility score, according to PlayerProfiler.

What to Expect in 2024

  • Odunze landed with the Bears as the ninth overall pick. He joins a crowded offense, though, including D.J. Moore and Keenan Allen as prime competition at his position.
  • The rookie has reportedly impressed with how quickly he can acclimate, though. “Rome has really impressed us in terms of his ability to grab concepts and really execute out there for sure,” HC Matt Eberflus said at the end of early June’s minicamp.
  • New OC Shane Waldron didn’t run a ton of 3-WR personnel with the Seahawks last year. According to nfelo, the Seahawks ranked just 23rd in rate of “11” personnel – despite fielding WRs DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba.
    • We’ll have to watch for signals on his plan for Chicago’s offense.
    • Waldron went to Seattle from a Rams offense that has been a 3-WR leader under Sean McVay.
  • Odunze looks like almost exclusively an outside WR. He did spend 54.7% of his pass snaps in the slot as a sophomore. But each of his other three seasons checked in at 17.4% or less.
  • The Bears should pass quite a bit more than last year. The Seahawks ranked 10th in the league in neutral-situation pass rate over Waldron’s three seasons as OC. Last year’s Bears finished 27th.

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Rome Odunze, WR CHI

9:13pm EDT 4/25/24

Bears round out stellar WR trio with Rome Odunze

The Bears nabbed WR Rome Odunze with the ninth pick of the NFL Draft. Odunze led the Huskies in catches and receiving TDs in 2021 and then broke out as a redshirt sophomore in 2022 with the arrival of OC Ryan Grubb and QB Michael Penix. Odunze tallied 75 catches, 1,145 yards, and seven TDs that year, while ranking top-45 among 286 qualifying WRs in both Pro Football Focus receiving grade and yards per route. He took another giant leap forward this past season, cranking out an FBS-high 1,640 yards and 13 TDs on 92 receptions. Odunze ranked eighth among 286 qualifying WRs in Pro Football Focus receiving grade and 18th in yards per route. And he did it all despite suffering a broken rib and punctured lung in his fifth game. Odunze boosted his draft stock with a better-than-expected Combine showing, earning a 9.92 Relative Athletic Score at 6’3 and 212 pounds. A polished route runner with excellent ball skills, there are shades of Davante Adams in Odunze’s game. He looks ready to make an immediate impact and should quickly emerge as a high-volume target. Odunze will have trouble piling up targets as a rookie, with WRs D.J. Moore and Keenan Allen around. But Allen's not a good bet to remain in the picture beyond 2024. If this landing spot makes Odunze slip at all in your dynasty rookie draft -- take advantage.

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While Ohio State's Marvin Harrison and LSU's Malik Nabers -- widely considered the top-two WRs in this year's class -- opted not to work out at the Combine, Washington WR Rome Odunze went through the full gauntlet. Smart choice considering how well he performed. The 6'3, 212-pounder ran a plenty-fast 4.45-second 40-yard dash. He posted a 39-inch vertical and 124-inch broad jump. And he rocked a strong 6.88-second 3-cone. It all earned Odunze a 9.91 Relative Athletic Score that ranks 96th among 3,063 WRs from 1987 to 2024. He's a virtual lock to be a top-10 pick in April's NFL Draft and looks like a top-5 pick in 1-QB dynasty rookie drafts.

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Rome Odunze, WR CHI
Dynasty MVP 87.7
Position Rank #85 WR
3yr Projection
5yr Projection
10yr Projection
244
449
923
Dynasty Write-up
Following a breakout sophomore season, Odunze’s production hit another level in 2023 (92-1,640-13). In fact, he led the nation in receiving yards., Odunze boasts plus size (6’3, 215) and athletic traits and earned a Larry Fitzgerald comp from NFL Network’s Lance Zierlein. His dynasty ceiling extends into WR1 range.
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