Scouting Report: Uchenna Nwosu, Edge

The Patriots need some help along the edge. Could Nwosu be the answer?

NEPD Staff Contributor: Jeff Fidler


Uchenna Nwosu  –  Patriot-Type Player  – OLB/LB  –  USC  –  6’2/250



  • From California.
  • Played basketball & football in high school. Played S in football. Didn’t start playing football until SO year.
  •  Political Science major
  • Was sent home from a bowl game for fighting w/ teammate freshman year.
  • Voted 2017 team captain


  • Good H/W at 6’2+/250. Has some thickness to him.
  • Versatility, Smarts & Play   Has improved each year, esp the last two. Can rush the passer, cover in space, chase & pursuit in run game, swat passes down at l.o.s, fill gaps & isn’t afraid to mix it up in the trenches. “Jack of all trades” type. Will recognize quick pass sets & time jump to get his hands on a pass.  18 P.D. – 19 T.F.L & 12.5 SKS over the last 2 years. Familiar w/ both responsibilities for 3/4 – 4/3 alignment. Bring S background from high school.
  • Pass Rush – All starts w/ his burst. Will jump off the l.o.s. , rush half man & land quick swats to the Offensive Lineman’s hands or quick stabs to chest/shoulder(s) to stay clean & dip under his man’s pads or run the arc. Will set up inside move, bull rush & dip/rip off speed. Good job knifing through gaps. Small build lets him get underneath pads. Has some dip to him.
  • Run Game – Fires off the ball, to the ball carrier & shows good chase/pursuit overall. Shows good awareness. At times will find & fill gaps quite nicely. Will do a good job darting off the edge to protect or make a play outside. At times use long arm(s) & good technique to set a nice edge. Should be able to handle TE’s.
  • Zone Coverage Tasked w/ covering RB’s & TE’s in the flat & underneath zone. Does a very good job in when the play is in front of him. Not many wasted steps. Look comfortable & moves well.
  • Discipline & Awareness  Shows good patience, discipline & awareness against r.p.o.’s, in coverage & overall the closer he is to the ball. Puts himself in good places to make a play.
  • Wants to be the tone setter & shows good on the field leadership qualities. Wants to be the lead



  • Strength & Size will likely mean having a hard time w/ bigger Offensive Lineman at the p.o.a. Has to get stronger overall.
  • Has to keep hands higher when rushing the passer. Continue to work of variety & a faster counter.
  • Good motor but for the type of player he is, going to be, it needs to be higher.



In today’s multiple NFL Nwosu will be a coveted prospect. Not elite at anything but rather really good at several things. And he absolutely can improve in a few key areas so he does have some upside. Because of his versatility Nwosu should be able to stay on the field for all 3, possibly 4 downs. He’s a fiery competitor who wants thump when he hits & isn’t backing down from anyone. He does have some concerns but guys that can rush the passer, impact the run game & drop in coverage don’t last long.


Traits That Translate

Here are some clips that show off Nwosu’s versatility & skill set.



19 Responses to “Scouting Report: Uchenna Nwosu, Edge”

  1. brandonmaxham says:

    another mock draft :

    1st : Isaiah Oliver CB Colorado

    2nd : Kyzir White S West Virginia

    2nd : Josh Sweat DE Florida ST

    3rd : Luke Falk QB Washington ST

    4th : Christian Sam ILB Arizona ST

    6th : Alex Cappa OT Humboldt ST

    • jimr says:

      Addresses a lot of their needs.

      • brandonmaxham says:

        that’s the plan but I feel like its almost clear BB will trade back one of the picks to get more because we have so little and have quite a few needs to address

  2. Russell says:

    Another interesting CB form Purdue; Anthony Brown, 5’11” 192lbs. 4.32 40yd. 1.55 10 yd. 35″V, 7.03 3-cone.

  3. Stephen J says:

    Rumor Alert: Someone on twitter mentioned a proposed Browns trade with NYG at 2 for the Browns 4 32 and 64 so they can grab their QB and RB Saquon Barkley at picks 1 and 2. I think that would be an NFL 1st. A single team to pick 1st and 2nd in the NFL draft if it were to happen.

    • Mike says:

      the colts had picks one and two back in 1992. They drafted two busts. Steve Emmton and Quenton coryatt

  4. Stephen J says:

    One thing to consider in this draft when it comes to CB’s is this draft is loaded with talent. That being said most of that talent is towards CB’s that are good slot types. Those that are outside corners are expected to go high in the draft with a couple/few in the 2nd/3rd round outside of that it is going to be slim pickings when it comes to outside CB’s later in the draft.

    • steve earle says:

      Glad you pointed that out Stephen and I might add those few who do fall into 2-3 rds don’t seem all that impressive. Am I wrong?

  5. Stephen J says:

    The last time the team had no official Defensive Coordinatior due to leaving was back in 2010 when Dean Pees contract expired and he left and Matt Patricia started his grooming to become DC. I wondered what did the draft look like that year for the new play caller on D. This is how it played out.

    1st Round (27th Overall) – Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
    2nd Round (42nd Overall) – Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona
    2nd Round (53rd Overall) – Jermaine Cunningham, OLB, Florida
    2nd Round (62nd Overall) – Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida
    3rd Round (90th Overall) – Taylor Price, WR, Ohio
    4th Round (113th Overall) – Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida
    5th Round (150th Overall) – Zoltan Mesko, P, Michigan
    6th Round (205th Overall) – Ted Larsen, C, NC State
    7th Round (208th Overall) – Thomas Welch, OT, Vanderbilt
    7th Round (247th Overall) – Brandon Deaderick, DL, Alabama
    7th Round (248th Overall) – Kade Weston, DL, Georgia
    7th Round (250th OVerall) – Zac Robinson, QB, Oklahoma State

    The big difference between that year and this year is the amount of picks 12 compared to 6.
    The lay out though seems relatively close to this year. A starting DB Then TE going back to D for 2 selections a WR then positions not needed another TE Punter OC which would eliminate 3 of 6 and two late round DL’s of which one could be eliminated which eliminate 4 of 6 then finally a QB. Outside of the amount of picks it seems it could play out somewhat similar to it did back in 2010, just maybe not the same exact order in how they were selected.

    • Stephen J says:

      This from PatsCap: None of Dwayne Allen’s 5M cap hit becomes guaranteed until he makes the 53-man roster. His salary becomes fully guaranteed if on roster Week 1.

      This gives the Pats time to make a decision on Allen. They could do a few things here. 1 Decide to move on right away and cut him to get more cap space. Which would leave just Gronk, Jacob Hollister and Will Tye with a need for TE. 2 Extend him with a lower cap space per year and laden his contract with incentives in regards to receiving. 3 Keep him on the roster to see if he progresses in his pass catching during the spring and summer if there is progress then rework/extend him if not then cut him.

    • John says:


      Solid draft, if you view Hernandez selection in a different light.

      I think it could be a very similar draft, in terms of positions selected. Safety is obviously a position they regard highly. Harrison and Reid are both tailor-made for the kind of defense they want to run. In addition, lots of edge defenders out there that they envisioned what Cunningham could do.

      Low-key could see them investing in a WR with the backend 2nd or 3rd. Richie James, Gallup, DJ Moore, Keke Coutee are all guys I could see them taking.

  6. jimr says:

    IMO D is top priority as well as resigning Solder. Using Bleacher reports latest mock draft
    1-Sam Hubbard edge
    2-Ronnie Harrison Safety
    2-D’shawn Hand DL
    3-Okoronkwo OLB
    4-Warner ILB
    6-Edmunds RB

  7. Stephen J says:

    Does Anyone know anything about OT David Steinmetz from Purdue.

    At Purdue’s pro day he measured 6’7 4/8″ 320 lbs Broad Jump of 9′ 7″(115″) and Vert 33″ with 26 Reps on Bench. No Arm Length, Wingspan or running times.

    • Russell says:

      Steinmetz arms- 34 3/8″ , 40 time, 5.42.

      • Stephen J says:

        Thanks Russell

        That 40 time ouch. Just wish I knew his 10 yard split. Other wise everything else looks good from an athletic point of view.

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