Year: Redshirt Junior
High School: Columbus (Miami, FL)
Accolades: Senior Bowl. 2019 2nd Team All-Big Ten. 2018 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten.
Scouting Report: EDGE Josh Uche, Michigan
Speed/Athleticism: Josh Uche has good speed and athleticism. He’s very quick and shows good lateral movement. Michigan tried to use him more as a hybrid linebacker in their system, and cover tight ends. He’s not able to cover tight ends, folks. He doesn’t have the straight-line speed to do it.
Burst/Bend: Uche is blessed with ridiculous burst and bend. Fires off the line of scrimmage like a cannon. Get’s very low around tackles when coming off of the edge. Burst off of the line is very good. Times his jump well and has enough lower body strength to surprise blockers.
Power/Strength: Shows good power for a player of his size. Uche wants to go through blockers. His attacking style, especially on running backs, relies on him being able to overpower the blocker and make the play over the top. It’s not an effective way to attack, but when it works, it’s devastating. He’s not going to overpower offensive linemen. Really needs to bulk up a little bit more.
Finesse/Handwork: Uses a move that he describes as the “touch-and-go.” Throws a quick jab at the blocker to get their hands up and uses his bend to get under them. He doesn’t really have any other moves in his arsenal. The hand technique outside of the quick jab is underdeveloped and not fundamentally sound.
Tackling/Pursuit: Shows sound tackling mechanics, but his pursuit leaves room for improvement. Delivers the boom when he gets a good hit on a player. Uche isn’t afraid to throw people around a little bit too. However, he oftentimes under pursues the play and removes himself from it. He doesn’t work well through traffic.
Overall: Josh Uche has some serious talent, especially as a nine tech edge rusher. He can impact the running game, he gets after the quarterback and is tenacious in the backfield. However, it appears as though Uche’s skillset is very precise and limited in the NFL. Unless he bulks up a little bit, strengthens himself up top, and can impact the game as a seven tech or in pass coverage, Uche is going to struggle to find time on the field. His Senior Bowl performance (and Combine testing) might put him in the second round, but I’m going to give him a fourth-round grade.