The Washington Huskies have become one of the most dominant rosters in the entire country. Led by quarterback Michael Penix Jr., the Husky squad is firing on all cylinders so far in 2023. As well as Penix has played, the true praise should go to the triumvirate of talented pass catchers who will all be taken in the first two days of the 2024 NFL Draft: Rome Odunze, Jalen McMillan, and Ja’Lynn Polk.
NFL Draft: Kalen DeBoer Is Building A Juggernaut With The Washington Huskies
Head coach Kalen DeBoer is an ascending coach at the collegiate level, as he has quickly built up the Washington program to its typical heights of the Chris Petersen era (circa 2014-2019). Not only is his offense as fearsome as they come, but the defense is holding its own — even if the raw counting numbers are rough to look at.
The good news? Most weeks, it won’t matter how good or bad the defense plays. The offense can score 50+ points on any given week, allowing for some leeway on the other side of the ball. A key cog to the machine — well three cogs to be exact — are the starting wide receivers.
Washington could play its way into a Pac-12 title and a College Football Playoff berth. But what about the NFL ambitions for Odunze, McMillan, and Polk? Let’s take a deep dive and assess what grade each player currently holds on my Big Board.
Remember: With added testing at Pro Days and the NFL Combine, these grades are subject to change. Without further do, Rome Odunze will now take center stage.