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Omoregie Uzzi: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Georgia Tech OG

Marques EversollAnalyst IDecember 31, 2016

Omoregie Uzzi: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Georgia Tech OG

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    This year's crop of offensive guards is headlined by Alabama's Chance Warmack and North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper. But dig deeper into this year's crop of interior linemen and you might find a hidden gem that could make it big at the NFL level.

    Georgia Tech's Omoregie Uzzi is coming off a serious knee injury but has a chance to make it at the professional level.

    The Yellow Jackets, as part of their triple-option offense, rely heavily on cut blocks to spring runners into the second level. But Uzzi is strong and powerful enough to play in a traditional power-blocking scheme.

Background

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    Statistics

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      Georgia Tech's offensive production:

      2010: 5,294 total yards (407.2 YPG, 36th in NCAA)

      2011: 5,964 total yards (458.8 YPG, 18th in NCAA)

      2012: 6,175 total yards (441.1 YPG, 22nd in NCAA)

      Uzzi is your typical throwback road grader at offensive guard. While he was a starter on the interior of Georgia Tech's line, the Yellow Jackets were one of the most consistent offenses in college football. He may struggle to pick up an NFL blocking scheme early in his career, but his team's success at the college cannot be overlooked.

    Draft Process

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      Measurables

      Height: 6'3"

      Weight: 305 lbs

      Arm length: 34"

      Hand size: 10 3/8"

       

      Combine Results

      40-yard dash: DNP

      Broad jump: DNP

      Vertical jump: DNP


      Pro Day Results

      Broad jump: DNP

      Vertical jump: DNP

       

      Still recovering from a knee injury, Uzzi was unable to work out in full this offseason but managed to put up 22 reps on the 225-pound bench press at Georgia Tech's pro day. Uzzi underwent knee surgery Jan. 14.

      Stats courtesy of NFLDraftScout.com.

    Interesting Facts

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      Playing in such a unique offense, Uzzi was often utilized in a cut-blocking scheme. With his size and strength, Uzzi should be able to make it at the NFL level.

      Georgia Tech values athletic and intelligent linemen like Uzzi. The Yellow Jackets have made four consecutive bowl appearances since head coach Paul Johnson came over from the Naval Academy.

      Uzzi was named first-team All-ACC as a junior and senior after making the All-ACC second team as a sophomore.

    Observations

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      As mentioned before, Georgia Tech ran a unique blocking scheme as part of its triple-option attack. But while many lineman relied solely on cut blocks, Uzzi is a powerful player that could play in multiple blocking schemes.

      He's quick out of his stance and is mobile enough to get downfield and make blocks to spring the ball-carrier to the next level.

      He's an impressive athlete for his size and build.

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