The 2020 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Josh Uche 2020 NFL Draft profile.
Position: Edge Rusher
Size: 6-foot-1, 245 pounds
Class: Redshirt Junior
2019 stats: 33 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, 1 pass defended, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumbles recovered
Uche spent four seasons in Ann Arbor developing into an NFL Draft prospect. He started off as a three-star recruit, but has worked his way into being one of the best edge rushers in the 2020 NFL Draft class.
He played in just a few games over his first two seasons on the team. Uche registered one tackle for loss and one sack in his first two years on campus. He saw his role increase as a redshirt sophomore, as he totaled eight tackles for loss and seven sacks. Michigan went 10-3, but lost in the Peach Bowl to end the year. Uche had another great season in 2019 with 10.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. The Wolverines went 9-4 with a loss in the Citrus Bowl, which was the last game in Uche’s career.
Following his solid 2019 season, Uche decided to go pro. He won’t be one of the first few edge rushers selected, but will be off the board before the end of day two of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Uche has great speed for an edge rusher, which helps him win against more unathletic and immobile tackles. His speed is good enough that he should be able to win consistently in the NFL with his quickness alone. This allows him to get sacks and gives him great range in tracking down the football.
He has solid burst at the snap of the ball. Often times Uche is one of the first people to jump when the ball is snapped. He is quick enough that the offensive lineman that is blocking him will often have to react quickly just to recover. Defensive linemen who get a good jump on the snap, usually are able to last in the league for several seasons.
His strength is also a great asset. He is 245 pounds, which is impressive for a shorter edge rusher. He has the speed and strength to create a lot of problems for opposing offensive lineman. Uche has the strength to shed and make plays in the run game or to get to the quarterback. He won’t need to add much more muscle to his frame in the NFL.
Uche doesn’t have the normal height or length for an edge rusher. He is just 6-foot-1 and his length is just average with 33 5/8-inch arms. While he has strength, offensive linemen who can get their hands on him early and extend their arms are able to neutralize him. He’ll have to continue to win with his speed and strength because his length won’t help him win much.
In Michigan’s defense, Uche was moved around a decent amount. He could be somewhat of a tweener at the NFL level. If he doesn’t produce as a pass rusher and NFL coach may try to move him to linebacker. Getting his position changed could hurt his development, so his best fit is as an edge rusher.
He needs to play more aware football to be a better player. Uche can lose sight of the ball on regular rushing plays, but can also get fooled by trick plays, play-action passes and misdirection runs. If he can keep his eye on the ball and stay at home, his production has a chance to improve as his career goes along.
Projected Draft Range: Second Round Pick-Third Round Pick
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