The Seattle Seahawks have selected Boise State guard Rees Odhiambo with the third of their three 3rd Round picks, 97th overall in the NFL Draft.
Odhiambo adds some more beef to the Seahawks' trenches, and while he played tackle at Boise State he's projected inside at guard. Based on his size and where he played in school, he'll likely compete with Justin Britt and Kristjan Sokoli for the left guard spot.
Here's a scouting report on Odhiambo from NFL.com's Lance Zeirlein.
STRENGTHS Played tackle in college but will be considered at both tackle and guard and carries some two-position value. Looks great on the hoof with muscle and thickness throughout his frame. Flexible hips and knees and should be able to drop his pad level as guard in the pros. Uses wide, well-balanced base and possesses above-average body control. Tough, technique-driven approach. Uses feet to close distance with target rather than reaching, leaning and panicking. Able to maintain power when moving laterally. Has athleticism and body control to be effective pulling guard and zone scheme fit as right tackle or guard. Keeps eyes up and on his target at all times. Can mirror and punch with inside hands. Upper body strength and hip snap to turn opponent as base blocker. Has heavy hands and makes defenders feel it when he lands.
WEAKNESSES Suffered a broken ankle that knocked him out for the season in late October. Has had to cope with injuries during his time at Boise. Never played a full season of football. Despite his physical talent, will let blocks get away from him that appear to be secured. Can be late with his hands. Not as tall or long as NFL teams are looking for from NFL tackles. Will need to prove he can play with faster hands if he bumps inside to guard. At times lingers with his punch opening him up to issues with crafty interior defenders. Would like to see him snatch and maintain his grasp rather than just punching and pushing. Despite his bend, doesnt always generate the leverage he should at the point of attack.
DRAFT PROJECTION Rounds 6 or 7
SOURCES TELL US "Plays with a lot of grit and toughness. He's deeply religious and a loyal teammate. I think he's really talented and has a chance to be an outstanding guard in the league. If you try him at tackle it has to be on the right side. He's had trouble staying healthy so his draft stock will be tied to his medicals." -- AFC North area scout
NFL COMPARISON Ali Marpet
BOTTOM LINE Well-built college tackle who NFL evaluators are projecting inside to guard. Has the footwork and technique to allow a team to give him a shot at right tackle first. Odhiambo is a coachable, team-oriented player who has the temperament, frame and strength needed to play inside, but NFL teams have serious concerns about his medicals right now. Odhiambo's pro day produced disappointing athletic testing, which means he's not where he needs to be and that will likely cost him in this draft.
Here's what scouts at NFLDraftScout.com had to say.
STRENGTHS: Odhiamabo looks the part of an NFL offensive lineman with broad shoulders, reasonable arm length and good overall weight distribution with enough room for additional mass. He is quick off the snap and finishes through the whistle with strong hands and toughness. Quick, active hands and plays with a grappler's mentality, getting in an extra shove when he can.
He's light on his feet, showing the agility and balance to handle blocking space in pass protection as well when run blocking at the second level. Does a nice job keeping his feet squared with his shoulders to mirror in space and, despite bending at the waist too often, Odhiambo stays balanced to anchor at the point of attack. Viewed as an ascending prospect whose best football lies ahead of him.
WEAKNESSES: Has struggled with durability throughout his career, missing at least four games each of the past three seasons, including the final five games of the 2015 season with a broken ankle suffered Oct. 24. Likely will be asked to move inside in the NFL due to his lack of ideal length (reportedly 32-inch arms), which is a position he never played at Boise State.
Has been able to get away with just raw athleticism to this point and must improve in the finer aspects of the game, including playing with more consistent knee bend and recognizing stunts.
IN OUR VIEW: The team willing to roll the dice on Odhiambo could find a middle- or even late-round winner. He possesses the athletic build of a tackle and may be able to remain outside for a zone blocking scheme because of his agility. He lacks ideal length, however, which could make him more of a swing player capable of moving inside or out based on the needs of his team.
He projects best inside to guard but hasn't yet shown the grit and durability to handle the move inside, making Odhiambo a bit of a project.
Here's what Tony Pauline had to say.
Positive: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his junior season. Played in 8 games last year before suffering a season ending ankle injury. Has suffered previous ankle and lower leg injuries. College left tackle with a complete game. Fundamentally sound, keeps his feet and hands active throughout the action and explosive at the point. Displays range sliding off the edge, possesses outstanding blocking vision and does a good job stopping speed rushers. Can recover or adjusts and controls opponents once engaged at the point of attack. Squares into defenders, anchors in pass protection and turns opponents from the line to open up running lanes. Effectively uses his hands and strong at the point. Keeps his head on a swivel and works well with linemates.
Negative: Does not sink his butt at the line of scrimmage. Lacks great footwork off the edge. Injury history will raise red flags and may cause Odhiambo to go undrafted.
Analysis: Odhiambo has been a reliable offensive lineman at Boise State since his sophomore season and offers versatility as well as starting potential at the next level if he's healthy.
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The Seahawks now have 9 selections total in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Round 1, Pick 26 (26): Germain Ifedi, OL Texas A&M
Round 2, Pick 18 (49): Jarran Reed, DL Alabama
Round 3, Pick 27 (90): C.J. Prosise, RB Notre Dame
Round 3, Pick 31 (94): Nick Vannett, TE Ohio State
Round 3, Pick 35 (97) (Comp pick): Rees Odhiambo, OL Boise State
Round 5, Pick 34 (171) (Comp pick):
Round 6, Pick 40 (215) (Comp pick):
Round 7, Pick 4 (225) (From Cowboys):
Round 7, Pick 26 (247):