Photo of Uzoma Nwachukwu
Grade
60.5 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'0" Height
  • 194LBS. Weight

Overview

Nwachukwu’s name (pronounced WATCH-ah-coo, first name ooh-ZOME-uh) is Nigerian, with his given name meaning “the road is good” and his surname “child of God.” These translations make sense, because defenders will often ask for help from above when trying to stop him from hitting the good road to the end zone after the catch. Even though his hands are not elite, his speed and elusiveness with the ball make him an underrated mid-round slot receiver and returner prospect worth watching.


He came out of the successful Allen, Texas high school program, helping his team win a state title as a senior. Nwachukwu took little time to take to the A&M offense, starting 12 times as a true freshman (40 receptions, 708 yards, six touchdowns). He still had a strong role in his sophomore year, even though he started only six times in 13 games played (36-407, 4 TD), and then found himself on the field again with the first team for every game in 2011 (50-639, 2 TD). In his senior year, Nwachukwu registered only 26 catches for 485 yards, but managed to score an impressive seven touchdowns. At Texas A&M's pro day, Nwachukwu ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 and 4.45 seconds. He had a 39 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-10 broad jump. His short shuttle time was 4.28 seconds and had a 6.78-second three-cone drill.

Analysis

Strengths

Versatile receiver who wins outside and inside with pure speed, strength and short-area quickness. Wins off the line when unchallenged, will be a bear to stop in the three-step game. Has stop-start ability to elude defenders in the open field. Flashes the hands to grab passes over his head and the flexibility to reach behind or get low to rein in those passes. Uses his hands to get through his man to win inside position. Hurdles would-be tacklers but also works through tackles on the outside, fights in a pile for the extra yard. Takes on his corner as a run blocker and sustains long enough for ballcarriers to get past. His quickness and elusiveness with the ball in his hands make him an intriguing kick return prospect.

Weaknesses

Average height for an outside receiver. Hands consistency is a concern, not always reliable to bring in the easy catch before trying to run. Must prove physicality against veteran cornerbacks in press and show the vertical and strength to win 50/50 balls over the middle and downfield. Does not have experience as a return man. Has always played a complementary role in college.

NFL Comparison

Pierre Garcon

Bottom Line

It’s fitting his last name is pronounced WATCH-ah-coo, because he’s fun to watch with the ball in his hands. Though he’s never been a number-one receiver with A&M, Nwachukwu reamains an intriguing mid-round pick as an inside/outside threat and potential kick returner.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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