Kenyan-born Rees Odhiambo drafted by Seattle Seahawks


Rees Odhiambo was cooking a pot roast in the Seattle-area home of his college roommate when he found out he’d be staying a little longer than expected.

The Seahawks selected the former Boise State tackle in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft, adding a strong, athletic prospect to their offensive line.

Seattle took the 6-foot-4, 314-pound Kenya native with its third and final pick of the third round (No. 97 overall). He’s the second offensive lineman in the Seahawks’ 2016 draft class thus far, joining first-round pick Germain Ifedi.

 Odhiambo, who moved to the United States in 2000, had a decorated college career despite injuries in his final three seasons with the Broncos. He was a first-team All-Mountain West selection in 2015 even after missing the final third of the season after suffering a broken ankle on Oct. 24.
“The feeling is unbelievable,” Odhiambo said. “It just felt so surreal because I was just sitting in there making dinner, not even paying attention anymore to the draft. When my phone was ringing, I was like, there’s no way. I just picked it up and then once I knew who it was, I was so excited.”

Odhiambo, who earned first-team All-Conference honors in 2015, said he is eager to come in and compete wherever the Seahawks want him to play. Like Seahawks second-round pick Germain Ifedi, Odhiambo was worked out by Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable at his Pro Day.

“I haven’t played guard before, but I know I’m versatile, so I’m not too worried about it,” said Odhiambo, who moved from Kenya to the United States with his mom and sister when he was seven. “I’m just ready to come in there and compete.”

Coincidentally, Odhiambo was in Seattle for the draft with his college roommate, Marcus Henry, a Bellevue High product.

“I’ve made a few trips here before,” Odhiambo said. “Every time I come out here to hang out with my roommate.”

With the Odhiambo pick, the Seahawks used all three third-rounders on offensive players, taking Notre Dame running back C.J. Prosise, Ohio State tight end Nick Vannett and Odhiambo in quick succession.

“I feel like it will be a great fit,” Odhiambo said. “I’m just looking to come in there and just competing and having fun, and continue to play football.”

The news was first broken to this platform by Ann Irungu, a Kenyan living in Seattle