Rees Odhiambo – OT/G – Boise State
Rnd 3 Pick 97
33 1/4″ Arm Length
9 5/8″ Hand Size
The Seahawks invested their 1st Round pick in Germain Ifedi, which told us all they were as serious about Offensive Line help as many of us fans believed they should be. If Ifedi told us they were serious, then Odhiambo told us they thought there were as many holes in the line as we did. This is a player with position versatility at Guard and Tackle who many scouts feel is an NFL ready contributor, which means Pete Carroll’s favorite word is hitting the Offensive Line hard: Competition.
Odhiambo has a broad frame with the ability to add a little bulk if he does move inside to Guard. He lacks ideal length, but not in such a way as to be at a disadvantage. Where he really fits what the team wants is in his hands and feet. He has quick feet that are constantly on the move and allow him to smoothly slide to a defender instead of lunging and to hustle up for 2nd level blocks in the run game. He mauls Linebackers and lighter Defensive Ends, absolutely imposing his will on them. He has a good anchor in pass protection, using plus balance and a heavy handed punch to get after defenders right away. He’s quick off the snap and very aggressive, bringing the block to the defensive player instead of receiving the defender as many college Offensive Linemen do. He gets the push that you want to see in the run game as well, grappling with strong hands and moving with ease to take on and block multiple defenders in a play. From a physical standpoint, Odhiambo is a picture perfect example of a Tom Cable type of player.
In his 3 years starting at Boise State he only played Tackle, starting at Right Tackle in 2013 and 2014 before moving to Left Tackle in 2015. So why the move to Guard? In the NFL he lacks the length that teams want, especially at Left Tackle, and could have a hard time handling top tier pass rushers on the outside. He was 2nd Team All-Mountain West as a Junior in 2014, and 1st Team All-Mountain West in 2015. Looking at the draft the last few years will tell you that though the conference is not considered elite, they do have enough talent that Odhiambo would be considered battle tested (especially taking into account Boise State’s non-conference schedules). The concern is that in those 3 seasons he spent as a starter he never managed to stay healthy for any entire one of them. As a matter of fact, he missed at least 4 games in every season he spent as a starter. That injury concern and a likely slide to Guard is the entire reason that he was available at the bottom of Round 3.
The fact that Odhiambo is listed on the Seahawks official roster as a Guard and he was introduced at the draft as a Tackle probably means that they aren’t fully sure where they will be playing him. It appears he will get his first shot to see the field at Guard though, and from an athleticism standpoint he could be a massive upgrade over Justin Britt at LG this year. I don’t know for certain that he will stay healthy, he may be another Okung or Unger who just can’t seem to stay on the field a full season. However, that is a lot easier to handle from a 3rd Round pick and if the talent level is similar to a 1st Rounder as tape seems to indicate, this is a very necessary injection of ability into a lackluster Seattle Offensive Line that will benefit from as many games they can get from him.