Draft Profile: BioChidozie Nwankwo from Foster High School was rated a 3 star recruit by ESPN and handed a 3 star grade by 247 Sports. Following high school, Nwankwo opted to join Houston.
In 2020 as a freshman Nwankwo saw action in 8 games and played on a total of 323 snaps for the Cougars. He recorded 8 tackles, 4 assists, while adding 6 stops. As a pass rusher, he added 9 total pressures, which included 9 QB hurries, no QB hits, and no sacks on the season.
As a sophomore for the Cougars in 2021 Nwankwo played in 11 games and took part on 423 snaps for the Cougars. He recorded 18 tackles, 5 assists, while adding 17 stops. As a pass rusher, he chalked up 16 total pressures, and 10 QB hurries, 5 QB hits, and one sack during the year.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Combines strength and footwork to fill holes inside, as well. Recovers from cut blocks or falling on his way to make a tackle.
- Can make the impressive chest-to-chest bear hug tackle in the hole due to his ability to wreak havoc in the backfield.
- Nwankwo has an excellent feel for working off blockers and knowing how and when to counter as the play goes on.
- He’s quick to react and locate the ball, and Nwankwo shows enough speed to succeed in backside pursuit. He plays with excellent balance and a strong, flexible core, rarely ending up on the ground.
- Nwankwo is strong enough in the lower body to hold up at the point of attack, and he displays a good feel as a grappler in the phone booth, consistently getting blockers off-balance before sending them to the ground.
- Combines excellent power with initial quickness, but one of his best attributes are his violent hands, which he uses with impressive precision.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Nwankwo also shows some stiffness when trying to bend the edge, often getting pushed past the pocket — Nwankwo seems more comfortable countering back inside.
- His pass rush moves need refinement, and he doesn’t have a lot of range in coverage.
- Nwankwo lacks elite traits in the pass rush and will need to develop a counter move.
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