Redshirt Junior | Defensive End | 6’3, 275
Career Stats: 29 starts, 85 tackles, 17.5 for losses (with 11.5 sacks)
George Uko was a monster 5-star recruit, according to Scout, coming out of high school. He was anticipated to join the ranks of All-American defensive tackles Shaun Cody and Mike Patterson, as one of USC’s anchors down on the defensive line. However, with much expectation, George Uko underachieved.
Uko finished his career at USC with honors as a CollegeFootballNews.com Sophomore All-American Second Team and a two-time Pac-12 honorable mention.
Uko’s strength is his versatility along the defensive line, having experience playing both end and tackle. Uko also possess an impressive burst off the line, but the inability to consistently defeat blocks has lowered his draft stock.
Relying on his brute force in the college level, Uko has developed a tendency to try and force his way through the line, instead of keeping his hands active. With average speed and footwork, he did not counter the weakness with a below-average, 18 bench press reps, at the NFL Combine.
Uko has potential to be a rotational lineman with his long arms and burst off the snap. As he adds more size in the next level, Uko could be a force to be reckoned with on the defensive line.
According to CBSSports.com, Uko is listed as the 17th available defensive tackle and they predict him to go either in the fifth or sixth round. He is rated as the No. 184 player overall.
Defensive line needs are always heavy for teams, as they look to increase size and depth on the line. Uko’s versatility has kept him on the radar for many teams such as the Chargers and Texans, who run a 3-4 scheme, just like the Trojans under Coach Clancy Pendergast.