DT Eyioma Uwazurike, Iowa St.

6’6” – 316 lbs. – 5.32

Was academically ineligible in 2016, but ended up starting four of five seasons played  in school, with a big breakout fifth year. Massive nose with arms measuring over 35” long; weight distribution looks very nice through the lower body. Played a lot of zero technique and a little bit of five-technique on three man lines, and one-technique on four-man lines. Has a lot of natural power, and good, consistent leg drive to walk back opposing linemen and create congestion in the backfield or collapse the pocket in the passing game; wasn’t a sack artist prior to 2021, but picked up nine last year. Has heavy hands to discard blockers at the appropriate time. Does a pretty good job of keeping his head up to locate the ball. Some issues with balance/pad level crop up from time to time. Has a very straightforward, bull-rush-based approach that relied heavily on his ability to overpower smaller linemen, so he will have to develop additional moves and counters to continue producing against bigger pro linemen. Overall game lacks suddenness and will be limited to two-gapping, probably on odd defensive lines. Kind of a ‘tweener in that he’s much taller than your typical nose tackle, but lacks the range in pursuit teams look for in a five-technique end. Should start his career on kick block units (two blocks in school) and work his way into a defensive line rotation as an early-down run stuffer. Mid-round value.

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