George Uko (DT), USC
6’3” | 284 lbs.
36 tackles, 7 TFL, 5 sacks, FF, FRec
What scouts are saying:
"Good-sized defensive lineman who shows in flashes, but not enough to justify leaving school early, as he looked very average against strong offensive lines. Could warrant late-round consideration as a developmental base end." (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)
Plays with leverage and generally stays on his feet. Flashes the ability to shoot his hands inside, extend and stack. Played end and tackle." (NFL.com)
"Naturally large frame with long arms and plenty of room for additional mass. Possesses an explosive initial burst to penetrate gaps and impressive acceleration for a man with his frame. Complementing his burst, Uko has quick, active hands that he jabs constantly at his opponent. Consistent penetration makes him quite a nuisance, especially in the passing game, where his athleticism makes him a legitimate threat to collapse the pocket. Versatile defender who lined up all over the defensive line for the Trojans, including at defensive tackle, defensive end and even at nose guard. Intriguing upside." (Rob Rang, CBS Sports)
"A prototype interior line prospect, Uko is quick off the ball and powerful at the point of attack. He's physically dominant in nearly every aspect of the game as he plays with great strength and leverage. He needs to play every down, but when he's motivated, he can do it all." (Scott Kennedy, Scout.com)
Fit for the Bears:
The Bears have almost completely remodeled their defensive line in free agency, but they can definitely still use depth inside. Stephen Paea has struggled to stay healthy and Jeremiah Ratliff is turning 33 this season. Israel Idonije and Lamarr Houston, signed as ends, may wind up playing inside some as well, but the Bears would benefit from youth and an impact player. Uko could be that guy in a mid-round pick that allows Bears GM Phil Emery to fill more pressing needs earlier in the draft. Uko played some end in college, but the Bears would likely look at him as a tackle, though he may be undersized for that role in the NFL.
George Uko (DT), USC