PROS: Doesn’t have a ton of experience but his blend of burst, length and flexibility are strong traits to develop as a pass rusher. Showcases good variety in his pass rush plan but his bread and butter is burst and bend. Flashes the ability to convert speed to power and compress the pocket. Hard charging and plays with outstanding effort on every rep. Quickness draws blockers out of their sets and Uche does a great job taking advantage. Had success blitzing the a and b-gaps, showcasing excellent timing and the ability to slip through gaps. Fluid in zone coverage drops and he does well to react to the backfield and work into throwing windows. Does well to ID blocks and compete against the run when lined up on the edge. Doesn’t often get worked out of his fits and he stays disciplined. Has experience playing both outside the tackle and in a true off-ball role.
CONS: On the lighter side for exchanging power with offensive linemen in the trenches and being tasked with setting the edge. Wobbly in his two point stance - needs to get that cleaned up so his releases can become more fluid. Love the versatility but he lacks a true position and hasn’t played that much football at the college level - only 657 snaps across three seasons. When he gets body to body with offensive tackles as a pass rusher, it can be game over. Needs to become a more consistent tackler in space.
BEST TRAIT - Burst/Bend
WORST TRAIT - Experience
RED FLAGS - Has had a stress fracture in his foot and torn meniscus
NFL COMP - Devon Kennard
Josh Uche didn’t find much playing time for Michigan until 2019 but showed steady flashes as a pass rusher in 2018 despite limited opportunities. Whenever he’s been given chances to rush, Uche has been productive, showcasing good variety, burst, bend and effort. While he doesn’t have the skill set to play exclusively on the EDGE in the NFL, he has been given chances to serve in a true off-ball role and there has been some positive flashes in all phases. His athletic profile and urgency helps him overcome a lack of time on task. Early on, Uche should be an asset as an outside rusher and interior blitzer and he could carve out a more prominent role as he gains experience. Uche should be viewed as a chess piece that can impact quarterbacks with the potential to do more.