George Uko, DT

School: Southern California  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Chino, CA
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 284 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.882.831.7718 29 1/29'2"--

Player Overview

Uko is a Chino, Calif. native who stayed closed to home after being named a 2009 Parade All-American.

He redshirted in 2010 before joining the defensive tackle rotation the following season. Uko appeared in 12 games with two starts and finished with 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a deflection.

He joined the starting rotation on a fulltime basis in 2012, racking up 31 tackles, including ine for losses, to go with a deflection and a fumble recovery for a touchdown in 13 games.

Uko finished tied for second on the team with five sacks, and finished fifth with seven tackles for loss in 2013 before making the decision to forego his final year of eligibility following the Las Vegas Bowl.

"Thank you for everything, Trojan family," Uko wrote in the Tweet shared by the Orange County Register, "but me and my family have decided its best for me to go. I have decided to enter the 2014 NFL Draft."

The 6-foot-3, 275-pound Uko split time between defensive end and defensive tackle in 2014 for first-year defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast. Uko is a natural penetrator whose experience at both end and tackle makes him potentially a very intriguing prospect for the NFL.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: 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.

WEAKNESSES: Boasts more potential than production at this point. Lacks the bulk teams are looking for in a full-time defensive tackle, struggling to anchor in the running game. Relies upon his impressive initial surge to penetrate but does not possess ideal flexibility to change directions, allowing ballcarriers to escape too easily.

Gets caught up in the hand-fighting at the line of scrimmage and needs to show better technique in defeating blocks once opponents get into his chest. Can get a little out of control at times, losing his balance while swinging his hands wildly to rip free from blocks.

Made the surprising decision to leave school following 2013 season considering the returning talent (Leonard Williams) who likely would have freed Uko up for more single-team blocks in 2014.

COMPARES TO: Jurrell Casey, Tennessee Titans - Like Casey, another former Trojan defensive tackle, Uko possesses impressive burst to collapse the pocket from the interior. He's raw, however, and won't provide nearly as much against the run.

--Rob Rang (1/2/14)

CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Player News
05/13/2014 - New Orleans Saints announce 2014 rookie free agent class: George Uko - Defensive Lineman, Southern California (6-3, 284): Uko was a two-time honorable mention All-Pac 12 selection while appearing in 39 games with 29 starts for the Trojans along the defensive line. In his first year at defensive end, after spending first his two seasons on the interior, the Chino, Calif., native tallied 36 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, five sacks and one forced fumble in 2013. In his three-year career, the versatile lineman was able to total 85 tackles, 17.5 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and two passes defensed. - New Orleans Saints


CBSSports Shop

Men's Nike Heathered Royal Denver Broncos Historic Logo Tri-Blend T-Shirt

NFL Nike Gear
Get your favorite team today!
Shop Now