Uchenna Nwosu Draft Profile

Uchenna Nwosu draft profile

Strengths:

  • Really athletic with loose lower body movement
  • Possesses good burst and overall chase speed
  • Hearty hitter looking to run through ball carriers and receivers with a thud
  • Plays with smooth directional change and has instant stop-start quickness to put himself in position to make the play
  • Decent in coverage situations
  • Has 19 passes defensed over the last two seasons
  • Active hands always looking to strip the ball

Analysis: Uchenna Nwosu flashes the athletic traits and speed off the edge that teams will be looking for, but he will need to bring more consistency to his game to make an impact at the next level. Nwosu has a good burst off the snap and uses his athleticism to outpace offensive tackles around the edge—when you think he is going to use that speed on the outside, he hits you with a bull rush on his way to the quarterback. He plays with smooth directional change and has instant stop-start quickness. This helps him rush the passer but also in coverage situations (he is a converted safety), something he was asked to do a lot at USC. He has 19 passes defensed the last two seasons and is only going to improve. Nwosu didn’t start playing the game until his sophomore year in high school and is still considered a raw prospect with untapped potential.

Weaknesses:

  • Lacks length and strength on the edge
  • Takes too long to disengage from blocks
  • Struggles to hold his ground at point of attack
  • Inconsistent motor
  • Missing a workable counter move
  • Instincts and anticipation are a work in progress
  • Defaults to bull-rush when a rush lane doesn’t present itself early
  • Not a toolsy pass rusher and needs to develop better rush plans

Analysis: What Uchenna Nwosu has in athleticism he lacks in the size and power department. If he is going to stay around the line of scrimmage and rush the passer he will need to get stronger at the point of attack. He lacks the length in his arms to utilize them often in his pass rush and becomes easily engaged to offensive lineman. Block shedding needs a lot of work. Powerful lineman can dominate him winning the power and leverage game. Starting to play the game so late, his instincts and anticipation are slower than desired. In his pass rush he does not have a plan of attack or a bevy of moves he can go to, specifically a counter attack when his first move is thwarted. He relied on his bull rush in college but that will not work in the pros with his lack of play strength. Want to see more passion and effort on every play, not just occasionally.

What the scouts say:¬†“He didn’t play until late in his high school career and he’s only started for the last two and a half years at USC. I guess you could argue it either way, but I think he’s worth a pick on day three because we haven’t really seen what he’s going to be yet.” – NFC West Coast scout

Size: 6’3 251lbs

Draft Grade: 4th Round with a very high ceiling

NFL Comparison: Kamalei Correa

Draft Projection: Round 3

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