Drafted: ROUND: 1 - Pick Number: 31 (KC)
Draft Profile: BioFelix Anudike-Uzomah from Lee's Summit High School was rated a 3-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 3-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Anudike-Uzomah joined Kansas State.
In 2020 as a freshman Anudike-Uzomah saw action in 6 games and played a total of 41 snaps for the Wildcats. He recorded just 2 tackles, one assist, while adding 2 stops. As a pass rusher, he added 4 total pressures, which included 2 QB hurries, one QB hit, and one sack on the season.
As a sophomore for the Wildcats in 2021 Anudike-Uzomah played in 13 games and took part in 523 snaps for the Wildcats. He recorded 31 tackles, 8 assists, while adding 36 stops. As a pass rusher, he chalked up 43 total pressures, and 25 QB hurries, 5 QB hits, and an outstanding 13 sacks during the year.
In 2022 as a junior Anudike-Uzomah played in 13 games and contributed on 624 snaps. He recorded 33 tackles, 6 assists while making 34 stops. As a pass rusher, he produced 43 total pressures, which included 27 QB hurries, 8 QB hits, and an excellent 8 sacks on the year.
Honors & awards
- 2022 Lott IMPACT Trophy Finalist
- 2022 Ted Hendricks Award Finalist
- 2022 Second Team All-American (Walter Camp, FWAA, AFCA, CBS Sports)
- 2022 Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalist
- 2022 Rotary Lombardi Award Semifinalist
- 2022 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (Coaches, AP)
- 2022 Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year (Coaches)
- 2021-22 First Team All-Big 12 (Coaches, Associated Press)
- 2022 Lott IMPACT Trophy Player of the Week (Texas Tech)
- 2021 Third Team All-American (Phil Steele)
- 2021 Big 12 co-Defensive Lineman of the Year (Coaches)
- 2021 Honorable Mention Big 12 Def. Player of the Year (Coaches)
Scouting Report: Strengths
- His strong core strength allows him to power through blockers, and Anudike-Uzomah has the flexibility to loop inside and get home on twists.
- Anudike-Uzomah has good length and displays good power in his hands, which gives him the ability to slip off blocks. As a run defender, he has the speed to chase down ball carriers in pursuit.
- Offers some versatility, rushing from a two-and three-point stance with the playing speed to stand up in space. Flashes strength as a bull rusher and his energy doesn't plateau.
- Has fluid footwork to redirect, reverse momentum and close with a burst. Regularly first off the ball with good snap anticipation
- Anudike-Uzomah can also win going speed-to-power, with the leg drive to push blockers back
- He’s very instinctive when it comes to countering and solid with overall hand usage.
- Super high motor player who never gives up on a play
- He has good timed speed and excellent bend to get around the edge of tackles
- Has developed as a player and improved every year. Has multiple pass rush moves now that he didn't have two years ago
- Has a plan as a pass rusher, if the first move doesn't work he's got another ready to go
- Has enough functional strength to set the edge as a run defender
- Solid wrap up tackler in run defense, although not a big hitter
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Not always the the first player off the snap, even when lined up over the ball, but his length, effort and short-area quickness still pressures double teams and helps penetrate gaps.
- While his strength it's far from elite and limits his ability to work the interior/li>
- Easily taken out of the game by double teams
- Has limited vision and often takes poor angles finding the ball carrier
- He needs to do a better job using his hands as a pass rusher, as Anudike-Uzomah too often gets neutralized by longer edge blockers.
- He is so eager to get upfield that he sometimes abandons responsibilities against the run.
Player ComparisonJabaal Sheard
Scouting Report: SummaryAnudike-Uzomah is an edge rusher who has a nice repertoire of moves with the requisite speed for the position and has dominated putting up good pass-rushing numbers against college opposition. He however isn't elite athletically, both in speed and overall strength so his upside is somewhat limited. Despite this, he'll still likely have a solid pro career and looks like an eventual NFL starter. Prior to his pro day (he didn't work out at the combine) Anudike-Uzomah looks like a second/third-round tweener in the 2023 NFL draft.
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