Omoregie Uzzi Scouting Report- Part 2

As many of you hopefully saw, I did Part 1 of Omoregie Uzzi’s scouting report a couple of weeks ago. If you missed it, here it is. For Part 1, I used the Clemson tape from last season and highlighted many of his strengths and weaknesses. This time around I’ll be using the game tape from Georgia Tech’s ACC Championship Game contest against Florida State. This game should be more telling of Uzzi’s ability since they have more talent along their DL. Below is the video I will use for reference in this scouting report and Uzzi is #77 at RG like usual.


Uzzi’s first strength I pointed out from the Clemson game was his ability to dominate DL and push them back at the point of attack. Although it isn’t as noticeable in this game (given the increased competition), he is still able to control his blocks and get leverage on the DT. If you look at 15:20 in the video, Uzzi gets off the line well and pushes the DT back. He holds his block, which keeps the DT from arm tackling the B Back. Throughout the game, Uzzi shows the strength to play in the NFL and it should help him see some playing time early on.

In the Clemson game Uzzi didn’t get a chance to show his pull blocking and pass protection abilities, but luckily he was asked to do this more against FSU. At 27:50 in the video, Uzzi gets out of his stance and pulls to the left side of the line. He gets a block on the defender and takes him out of the play, opening up the field for the A back. Another example of his pull blocking is at 1:01:00, when Uzzi gets out of his stance and gets to the defender. He isn’t able to cut block the defender because the DE makes a better play to avoid the block. In this instance however, we are just looking at his ability to get out of his stance and pull with good footwork. He has impressive athleticism that helps him quickly get off the line and get into position to finish the block.

After watching the Clemson game, I had Uzzi’s pass protection down as an unknown, purely since he never had to in that game. Almost all of Tech’s passes were short routes where the ball was out of the QB’s hands in 2-3 seconds. In the ACC Championship game however, Tech was forced to pass the ball against better CBs, which means longer blocking for the OL. At 24:55, Uzzi stays in front of the DT by using his quick feet. He keeps his balance and maintains the block through the play. He does it again at 51:45, where he dominates the DT and holds his block. He did a great job of pass blocking during the ACC Championship game and he projects favorably to the NFL.


Much like the Clemson game, Uzzi played well against FSU. There isn’t much to critique after watching the tape, but there are a few minor issues he needs to work on. At 29:15 in the video, Uzzi gets thrown to the side by the DT, who ends up getting a tackle on the play. This is another example of Uzzi getting caught off balance. It could certainly be a problem going against NFL caliber DTs, but it doesn’t happen consistently enough to be a major concern. He also whiffed on a few cut blocks during the game, but he has all the ability to fix this problem (check out 26:40 and 51:10). In both plays, he completely eliminates the defender from the play, which is ultimately what you want all of your OL to do. Again, after watching the FSU video he doesn’t have many weaknesses in his game, which is why he is a two time First Team All-ACC guard.


Omoregie Uzzi is an extremely athletic OG who has the ability to become a starter in the NFL. He has been a successful football player at every level of competition so far in his career and I don’t see him slowing down. Had he not been injured for the combine, I believe he would be a 3rd or 4th round pick in the draft. Since he wasn’t able to perform for scouts, however, other players have risen ahead of him and he is now a 4th or 5th round pick. What also hurts Uzzi’s draft stock is the depth at the OG position this year. There are three or four potentially elite OGs in this year’s draft along with a few potential starters, which makes it harder for him to stand out. In the end, Uzzi dominated some of the best DL in the country throughout his career and I don’t see any legitimate reasons why he won’t succeed in the NFL.


Omoregie Uzzi Scouting Report- Part 1

Now that we are through the two major parts of the pre-draft process(Combine and pro day), it is time to look at another Tech draft hopeful, Omoregie Uzzi. Uzzi was considered Georgia Tech’s best NFL prospect back in January, but his stock has slowly slipped after missing the combine due to injury. When scouts go back and look at his game tape, however, they will see an impressive prospect who is undervalued heading into the draft. This scouting report will be divided into two parts because the only game tape I could find is full games against Clemson, Florida State and Virginia Tech. It would be very difficult to complete one scouting report with 5-7 hours of youtube video, so the first part will be based off of the Clemson game. Below is the video I will reference throughout the scouting report and Uzzi is playing RG in the video.


Uzzi is 6′ 3″ and weighs 300 pounds, which is ideal size for an NFL offensive guard. Along with his size, he shows the strength to physically dominate DL at the point of attack. At 1:16:07 in the video, Uzzi completely consumes the DL and uses his strength to push the defender back. Throughout the game he shows the strength necessary to compete as a rookie in the NFL. He has clearly spent time in the weight room and it shows on tape. What helps Uzzi along with his strength is his ability to bend his knees and get leverage on defenders. At 20:50 in the video, he shows he is able to maintain proper form throughout his block and gets good leverage to keep his ground. Throughout the game, I very rarely saw Uzzi give up ground and get pushed back by Clemson’s DTs. This is directly related to his ability to win the leverage battle in the trenches.

Another one of Uzzi’s strengths is his ability to hold his blocks and take defenders out of the play. At 50:51 and 1:02:30, he holds his block and drives the Clemson player back. The second time I just mentioned was an exceptional play by Uzzi as he completely removes the defender from the play, which is what scouts look for in OG prospects.

All of the above strengths show that Uzzi is a very capable run blocker, which would be expected coming out of a triple option system. What was more of a surprise when watching the game was how he projects as a pass blocker. At 22:20, Uzzi uses his footwork to stay in front of the DE and keeps him out of the pocket. Sine he is an excellent athlete, he is able to quickly slide and use his feet to keep his balance. Tech’s offensive mentality during this game was to utilize a lot of quick out passes though, which makes it hard to determine how he’ll hold up when he’s required to hold blocks for longer periods of time in pass protection. Right now I see his pass protection projecting favorably to the NFL, which will help him see more playing time early on.


Let me first clarify, Uzzi had a very good game against Clemson. He was able to create holes and did a great job of keeping defenders away from the plays. Therefore, these weaknesses are more consistency issues than they are actual problems with his game. The first weakness I saw was at 33:20, when Uzzi gets caught off balance and is thrown to the side by the defender. Throughout much of the game, he was able to dominate the competition and showed good footwork, so I am chalking this up as a consistency problem. The next weakness I saw was at 52:45, where Uzzi completely whiffs on a cut block and the defender blows up the play. This happened multiple times throughout the game, so it is certainly something he needs to work on. When college teams play Georgia Tech though, they know they are going to get cut blocked throughout the game, so it is easier to avoid them when you’re expecting it. NFL teams don’t use the cut block as often, which means he should be more effective at it at the next level.

Another big question scouts will have regarding Uzzi’s game is his lack of film on pull blocks. Pull blocking is a very important part of an OG’s game and I don’t recall seeing Uzzi attempt one in the Clemson game. He certainly has the athletic ability and quickness to become successful at it, but it is still a mystery.


Omoregie Uzzi is an extremely athletic OG who has three years of excellent production in the ACC. He is an experienced player that shows the skills required to translate his game to the NFL. Prior to the combine, he was considered a third or fourth round prospect. After missing the combine due to an injury however, he now projects to go in the 5th or 6th round. I believe he will wind up going somewhere in the 4th round because he has the talent level that teams won’t want to pass up on. If he goes to a strong running team, he should see some playing time as a rookie in a bench role. He has proven, with three years of All-ACC performances, that he can dominate some of the best players in the country and should be a very solid player in the NFL.

For Part 2, I am either going to use the Virginia Tech game or the FSU game in the ACC Championship. Do you guys have a preference? If so, let me know in the comments and I’ll try to use whichever one is favored. Thanks!

Rod Sweeting Pre-Combine Analysis

This past Wednesday represented the start of this year’s NFL combine. Unfortunately Georgia Tech will only be represented by two players, which is a smaller number than most expected. Rod Sweeting and TJ Barnes are the two lucky Tech players to get the NFL combine invites this year, while Omoregie Uzzi and Orwin Smith were left out. Uzzi is believed to be a mid round pick and one of the top run blocking guards in the country, which makes his omission surprising. Nonetheless, let’s take a look at one of Tech’s combine performers this year, Rod Sweeting, and what he needs to do to improve his draft stock.

I will use this video as a reference, since it is one of the few available that has tape of Sweeting.


First, let’s take a look at some parts of Sweeting’s game that I like and are building blocks for him to make an effective transition to the NFL game. Sweeting has a big frame for a corner, 6′ and 187 lbs, that allows him to be physical against bigger receivers and not get pushed around. What helps even more is that he has a nasty streak and isn’t afraid to use his body to make big hits and knock receivers off of their routes. At 3:25 in the video, he completely upends the slot receiver and takes him out of the play. He shows NFL level strength, which should impress scouts early. Sweeting also shows that he is able to effectively play the ball in the air and make adjustments. He times his jumps and is able to use his hands to knock the ball away or come down with the interception.

Rod Sweeting


Now let’s see what areas he needs to work on. Sweeting consistently whiffs on tackles by taking bad angles and trying to tackle high. Multiple times late in the Virginia Tech game he took poor angles and tried to arm tackle the receiver, giving up big plays in the process. This is a really bad weakness to have, but luckily for him he has some potential in this area. When Sweeting gets into a runner/receiver’s body, he naturally finishes the tackle and runs through the player. At 3:20 in the video, Sweeting runs through the player, which is exactly what defenders are taught to do. Going lower on tackles will help him tremendously since multiples times I saw receivers shake him off. A player with his type of physicality and strength should be able to do better than that.

His biggest weakness seems to be the inability to turn and lower his hips quickly when adjusting to a receivers route. At 4:25 in the video, the receiver blows by him because he is unable to quickly turn and explode to keep up. He got burned deep multiple times in this game, but this was the first time that Logan Thomas and his receiver were able to put a play together. Sweeting should be able to put some of these concerns to rest if he shows up focused and performs well at the combine.


After looking at Sweeting’s play, I expect him to perform well at the strength drills. He shouldn’t have a problem putting up an above average number of reps in the bench press and posting high broad and vertical jumps. In order to really help his draft stock though, he will have to impress scouts on the position and agility drills. The position drills will allow him  to show fluid hip movement and explosion out of his breaks. The agility drills(3-cone drill and shuttle drills) will show how quickly he is able to change direction, which is extremely important for CBs.

Since everyone loves to talk about the 40, I will touch up on it. Although it would be nice for Sweeting to come out and post an impressive 40 time, it will be more important for him to post a fast 10 and 20 yard split. This is probably the stat that scouts and GMs care about the most. The prospects who can show explosion off the line will improve their draft stock and have successful combines.

Sweeting post game interview after winning the Sun Bowl MVP award.

Sweeting post game interview after winning the Sun Bowl MVP award.


So what does all of this mean for Rod Sweeting? Right now he is projected as a late round pick. If he can show at the combine that he has improved in some of the areas mentioned above, then he can move himself into the 4th or 5th round. Currently, I see a prospect who, with proper coaching, will be able to see playing time on an NFL team. He doesn’t show the potential to ever be a true starting CB, but he should develop into a rotational CB if he has the proper work ethic. He is an athletic player who has potential, and that by itself will probably get him drafted. It will be interesting to see how he does throughout the draft process because he is by far the most interesting Tech prospect to me this year.

Extra Information

Cornerbacks and Safeties arrive at the combine tomorrow. They will go through the pre workout activities(team interviews, aptitude tests, physicals, etc.) for the next three days and then have their workouts on Tuesday. All coverage is on NFL Network so record it if you won’t be home or tune your television to it in between classes.