Argubly one of the biggest sleepers in this years 2018 draft is now off the board. Linebacker Uchenna Nwosu was drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers In the 2nd round of the 2018 NFL draft.
Nwosu was named as an All-American and considered by many to be the MVP of the USC defensive unit. The Chargers pick up a linebacker with speed and athleticism off the edge. Los Angeles can use him off the edge to rush the quarterback or move him inside and use his athleticism. Back in early April the Chargers invited Nwosu to their pro-day to get a closer look at him and was impressed with what he could do which led to this selection. Either way Nwosu gets to stay in L.A. Ironically Nwosu played High School ball at Narbonne which is not too far from where the Chargers currently play in Carson, CA
As stated in our scouting report on him, Nwosu brings athleticism and speed off the edge and has the ability to quickly change directions when dropping back in coverage. He also can use his length to deflect passes and hinder a quarterback’s ability to get a pass over the line of scrimmage. The downside to him is his strength which could cause for teams to move him to inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense or a stay at the outside in a 4-3.
During Nwosu’s four years at USC, He has won the 2017 Rose Bowl Game as well as the 2017 Pac-12 Championship where he made key stops in both games. He was also named Team MVP as well as All Pac-12 First Team and First Team All-American.