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Third-round pick Rees Odhiambo was cooking pot roast when Seattle called

RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks knew going into this draft that they needed offensive line options. And after three rounds, they've added two.

The latest is Boise State's Rees Odhiambo, who should compete for playing time and a roster spot at guard.

My take: Odhiambo (6-foot-4, 314 pounds) played tackle in college, but he had trouble staying healthy. Last year, Odhiambo suffered a season-ending ankle injury in October. He missed 14 games in the past three seasons. The projected starters at guard right now for the Seahawks are Justin Britt and Mark Glowinski. Odhiambo will get a chance to compete for playing time, but he may end up being a depth option as a rookie.

When he got the call: Odhiambo was not in front of the TV when he found out the Seahawks were taking him.

"I was just sitting there making dinner, not even paying attention anymore to the draft," he said. "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."

What was on the menu?

"Just some pot roast and some vegetables," Odhiambo said.

He is actually already in Seattle. Odhiambo is spending time with his college roommate Marcus Henry and his family.

"I did not expect that at all," Odhiambo said. "It was really awesome."

A challenging journey: Odhiambo moved to the U.S. from Kenya in 2000. His father passed away before the family made the move, and his mother died when Odhiambo was 17.

Pete Carroll often talks about identifying players who have overcome great adversity to succeed in the NFL. Odhiambo's perseverance was part of what made him attractive to the Seahawks.

What's next: The Seahawks don't have a fourth-round pick. Their first selection on Saturday is No. 34 in the fifth round (171st overall). The Seahawks also have the 40th pick in the sixth round (No. 215 overall). Those are both compensatory picks that cannot be traded. They have picks No. 4 (225th overall) and No. 26 (247th overall) in the seventh round.