Uchenna Nwosu NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Los Angeles Chargers' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Southern California's Uchenna Nwosu, left, celebrates with Christian Rector after recovering a California fumble during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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POSITIVES

—Safety-turned-linebacker-turned-edge-rusher thanks to injuries at USC; team player.

—Has experience dropping into coverage and can match up well in zone and man situations.

—Good hitter with solid wrap-up technique and some pop in his pads.

—Gets upfield quickly as a pass-rusher and has a relentless motor.

        

NEGATIVES

—Not enough height and short-armed for an edge player at 6'2", 251 pounds with 33 ⅝" arms. Small hands (9").

—Lacks play strength to press blockers off his frame when stacked up in the run game.

—One-move pass-rusher who has to win with quickness off the ball.

—Too slow to read and react in the run game.

—Jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none type who has never developed at any one position.

—Scouts are concerned he's "just a good college player" with no real NFL position.

         

OVERALL

Uchenna Nwosu won't appeal to every team but has the tools to carve out a role as a situational pass-rusher or potentially as an off-ball linebacker. He was a bit of a one-year wonder at USC, which could either point to a high ceiling or a lack of impact.

                      

GRADE: 6.00 (Round 3)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: John Simon, Indianapolis Colts

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