NAME: Ugochukwu (Ugo) Amadi
JERSEY: No. 7
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 197 lbs
PROS: Impossibly fluid mover in space. Has excellent footwork, understanding of leverage, and technique in man and zone coverage alike. Can burst to the catch point in an instant and knows how to bait QBs into throws within his range. Not afraid of undercutting breaking routes to make big plays. From the press, has sufficient foot speed and recovery athleticism to soft-shoe with good hand usage to establish connection; not afraid of getting physical with shorter, thicker frame. Rarely worked out of the cylinder on breaks; stays connected and discourages many throws by narrowing the throwing window.
Accordingly from off-coverage, can quickly identify route breaks and concepts with eyes in backfield. Has the agility to mirror and the explosion to close, as always getting comfortable in WR’s cylinder. Will overlap zones and anticipate target given drop depth and QB footwork. Downfield, has the awareness and ball skills to play through the WR to the football. Can be a bit cautious, but is generally a sound run defender. Rarely gets out-leveraged to the boundary as a force player and isn’t afraid of playing downhill from overhang alignment. Reads field cleanly from box/overhang alignment; will quickly diagnose boundary plays and even direct teammates pre-snap when he gets his finger on the pulse.
CONS: Has issues in catch-man coverage with patience and timing. Will get caught with dead feet at the contact point and accordingly get blown by down the field. Has only decent long speed to pursue, though burst saves him time and again. Has significantly limited tape from high alignments; spends almost all his time over the slot/in the box. As such, downfield spatial awareness, angles, and range are all unclear at this time. Not a downhill player who loves to tackle; stays out of scrums rather than involve himself. Comes too high into contact often and looks to ride down instead of get low and wrap up; again, angles will be too cautious and look exclusively to turn players back into help.
– Benjamin Solak