NFL Draft Profile: Michigan EDGE Joshua Uche

by Jake Ellenbogen
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Joshua Uche is a 2020 NFL Draft EDGE prospect who graduated from the University of Michigan. The Wolverine outside linebacker was a three-star recruit per who committed to Michigan over Auburn and Alabama, among others.

Uche appeared in four games during his freshman year, 10 games during his sophomore year, 12 games his junior year and in his senior year he went from being a rotational pass rusher to a starter. He received All-Big Ten honors twice. Uche also stood out big time at the Senior Bowl practices and could be considered the best edge defender on either Senior Bowl roster.

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 241 pounds

Age: 21

Tape Watched: Vs Iowa, Notre Dame, Penn State, Ohio State & Maryland

Strengths: Exceptional prospect that displays great bend while coming off the edge. He is able to duck under bigger offensive tackles like he’s sprinting full speed under a table. A true hustle guy that doesn’t give up on many plays. Versatile player that can drop into coverage and possesses the athleticism to make something happen while working man-to-man.

He has great range that allows him to cover tougher assignments than the average outside linebacker. He has great closing speed which allows him to close in and complete the play. Above-average play strength he uses especially in situations when he is converting his speed to power. Solid run defender. Improved each year in college.

Weaknesses: Lack of production doesn’t match his talents. Was completely shut down versus the top competition he went up against in Tristan Wirfs. He has a tendency to be too-overzealous as a pass rusher that he will crash into the backfield and open up a giant hole for a running back. Inconsistent tackler. He doesn’t always take the best path to the ball-carrier.

Draft Grade: 2nd-round

Best Fit: Rams (!!!), Steelers, Cardinals

Pro Comparison: Uchenna Nwosu, Los Angeles Chargers

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