Uchenna Nwosu

USC
EDGE

Prospect Info

College
USC
Hometown
Class
Carson, CA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
251 lbs
33 5/8”
Hands
9”

Prospect Grade

5.65
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Los Angeles Chargers
Chargers
Round 2 ‧ Pick 16
40 Yard Dash
4.65
Seconds
Bench Press
20
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
32.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
119.0
INCHES
 
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20 Yd Shuttle
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Nwosu had difficulty deciding whether he wanted to play football. He played some middle school ball, but quit and did not play until his sophomore year in high school. He was a Los Angeles all-city pick as a senior, earning a scholarship from one of his hometown schools. Nwosu played in 12 games as a reserve his true freshman year (nine tackles), but was sent home before the team's Holiday Bowl appearance for fighting with a teammate. He did not enroll in school in the spring of 2015, but realized he missed the game so he returned for the fall. Nwosu started once and played in all 14 games as a sophomore (31 tackles, 1.5 for loss, eight stops vs Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game) before taking over at outside linebacker full-time in 2016 (53 tackles, 7.5 for loss, three sacks, five pass break-ups).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 3-4
NFL Comparison
Kamalei Correa
Overview
Flashes the athletic traits and speed off the edge that teams will be looking for but the overall tape is very uneven. Nwosu may not have the edge strength to handle run downs, however, if he tests well at the Combine as expected, teams may fall in love with his burst and eyeball a future role as a designated pass rusher.
Strengths
  • Really athletic with loose lower body movement
  • Plays with smooth directional change and has instant stop-start quickness to put himself in position to make the play
  • Takes a hard dive down the line of scrimmage from backside to challenge running lanes
  • Possesses good burst and overall chase speed
  • Hearty hitter looking to run through ball carriers and receivers with a thud
  • Expected to test well at the Combine
  • Looks for opportunities to strip the football when ball carrier is sufficiently slowed
  • Looks fluid in his drops
  • Has 19 passes defensed over the last two seasons
Weaknesses
  • Lacks length and strength on the edge
  • Tackles can snatch him up and freeze him out once they get into him
  • Takes too long to disengage from blocks
  • Struggles to hold his ground at point of attack
  • Motor runs hot and cold
  • Instincts and anticipation are a work in progress
  • Has to rely on athletic ability to dig him out of holes that his instincts dig
  • Upfield rush contains a false step
  • Doesn't often outrace tackles to the edge
  • Can play faster, but doesn't
  • Not a toolsy pass rusher and needs to develop better rush plans
  • Missing a workable counter move
  • Defaults to bull-rush when a rush lane doesn't present itself early
Sources Tell Us

"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

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league