Chicago Bears: Defensive prospects to watch at Senior Bowl

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3. OLB Josh Uche, Michigan

At a first glance, some will look at Josh Uche’s build and traits and see a carbon copy of current Bears outside linebacker Leonard Floyd. While Uche and Floyd may have similar skillsets, they are still two different players.

To begin with, Uche is a guy who possesses a high motor with a relentless pursuit that always sees him winning most one-on-one battles. The production for Uche definitely shows up on the stat sheet. Over the last three seasons, he’s got 15.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss.

One thing that’s been clear about Uche over the last three years at Michigan is that he’s continued to grow as a pass rusher. Another thing that Uche does really well is use his hands to gain an advantage over offensive players.

As of right now, it is hard to predict where Uche could be drafted. At the beginning of the college season, most would have looked at Uche and seen a guy who was likely to be drafted in the third, fourth, or fifth round. However, if he puts together a strong performance in Mobile, he could potentially hear his name end up being called in the second-round.

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Overall, when it comes to Uche, the prospect you’re getting is one that still has plenty of room to grow and if developed correctly, could end up turning into a future starter. However if not developed correctly, Uche would merely be a rotational player.