Rome Odunze among 13 prospects attending 1st round of NFL Draft

Apr 12, 2024, 11:36 AM | Updated: 11:37 am

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UW Huskies WR Rome Odunze reacts during the Sugar Bowl against Texas on Jan. 1, 2024. (Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Southern California quarterback Caleb Williams, the popular pick to be the No. 1 selection overall, will be among 13 prospects attending the first round of the NFL Draft in Detroit on April 25, as will star UW Huskies receiver Rome Odunze.

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The NFL announced the 13 prospects confirmed as of Thursday night, and Southeastern Conference schools Alabama and LSU each will have three players in that group. The SEC leads all conferences with seven players in attendance, including Missouri defensive lineman Darius Robinson.

Alabama’s representatives will feature linebacker Dallas Turner, offensive lineman JC Latham and cornerback Terrion Arnold. Quarterback Jayden Daniels leads the LSU contingent along with wide receivers Malik Nabers and Brian Thomas Jr.

The Chicago Bears hold the No. 1 pick overall.

Williams is among three Pac-12 players attending in person along with Odunze and UCLA defensive lineman Laiatu Latu. Odunze is expected to be a top-10 selection as one of the first three receivers to go off the board after a record-setting career at Washington.

If Odunze is selected in the top 10 as expected, he would be the 12th player in UW history to go that early. Odunze won’t tie the record of defensive tackle Steve Emtman, who went first overall in 1992, but he could be the highest-drafted receiver in program history as Reggie Williams and John Ross both went ninth overall in their respective drafts. Funny enough, No. 9 overall to the Chicago Bears is where Odunze most commonly falls in mock drafts.

North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye is the Atlantic Coast Conference’s lone player set to attend, while Ohio State Marvin Harrison Jr. will be the Big Ten’s only representative. Toledo cornerback Quinyon Mitchell will be there, helping the Mid-American Conference match two of the Power Five conferences.

The NFL draft begins April 25 with the first round followed by the second and third rounds on April 26. The draft concludes on April 27 with rounds four through seven.

SeattleSports.com contributed to this story.

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