NFL teams meeting with individual players are a significant part of the draft process. These meetings can happen at the NFL Scouting Combine, pro days, the Senior Bowl, the East-West Shrine Game or a private workout.
For fans following the process, these meetings are sort of like poker tells for the draft, as they indicate what positions a team could be focusing on. Do teams draft players they haven’t met with? Yes, they do. It happens all the time (like Lamar Jackson), but they have often spoken to other players at that position.
Who have the Baltimore Ravens met with so far? Check out the list at WalterFootball.com.
So far, teams have had access to players at the East-West Shrine Game, the Senior Bowl and the Combine. The Ravens met with Michigan edge rusher Josh Uche at the Combine. Let’s get to know him better.
Tale of the Tape:
Weight: 245 pounds
Strengths: Uche has a terrific “get off” burst at the snap and shows above average flexibility and bend; shows well in blitz packages and sets the edge well (the Ravens are big on this); solid in coverage.
Areas For Improvement: Uche did not play a lot at Michigan until 2019 and was used mostly as a situational pass rusher; his 2019 tape is solid but he needs to add more strength; struggled once engaged with a lineman (see the Iowa game).
Other Notes: In 2019, Uche had 35 tackles with 8.5 sacks, two passes batted down and two forced fumbles; was a monster at the Senior Bowl.
Draft Projection: A late second- or third-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft; may be best served as a WILL linebacker.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of U-M Athletics