STRENGTHS: Looks the part of an NFL tight end with broad shoulders, long arms and a tapered, athletic frame. Good initial quickness and accelerates fluidly, though top-end speed is questionable. Lined up in a variety of roles for the Tigers, including slot receiver, traditional inline tight end and H-back. Isn't a dominating blocker by any stretch but doesn't shirk from physicality, extending an aggressive punch to his opponent and working to sustain. Good patience as a blocker. Doesn't over-extend and leave himself vulnerable, instead waiting for rushers to attack him and showing good balance and core flexibility to compete against bigger opponents. Good quickness off the line of scrimmage to release into his routes. Tracks the ball well, showing reliable hands and the toughness to take a hit and hang on. Untapped potential that could result in Uzomah emerging as a more productive pass-catcher in the NFL than he was in college.
WEAKNESSES: Possesses undeniable potential but whether due to schematic limitations or not, Uzomah simply wasn't very productive at the collegiate level. Jack of all trades, master of none type. Doesn't explode off the line of scrimmage or out of his breaks and therefore isn't the size/speed mismatch that he appears on paper. Has to show better body control to adjust to passes thrown outside of his frame.
Gus Malzahn's up-tempo offense didn't put Uzomah in position to make many plays at Auburn. In fact, his career numbers -- 29 catches for 435 yards and seven touchdowns -- look more like some of his competitors' yearly averages. Given Uzomah's blend of size, athleticism and soft hands, however, don't be surprised if he winds up earning a draft selection, nonetheless as the former wideout and current tight end/H-back/slot receiver is precisely the type of matchup problem the NFL is looking for.
Uzomah needs to gain strength and nastiness as a blocker if he is to grow into a more traditional tight end but he sports an NFL-caliber frame, as well as an impressive body control and soft hands. A team willing to invest a Day selection could get a pleasant surprise with Uzomah, who Auburn coaches consistently praised for his selflessness and talent.
02/16/2015 - 2015 NFL COMBINE TIGHT END/FULLBACK SNUB: C.J. Uzomah, Auburn...Although he wasn't a central cog in Auburn's offense, Uzomah was reliable when called upon, showing wide receiver skills with long arms to pluck the ball. His struggles as a blocker showed at the Senior Bowl, but there is some promise there. Other non-invites: Casey Pierce (Kent State), Devin Mahina (BYU), Khari Lee (Bowie State), Gabe Holmes (Purdue), Connor Hamlett (Oregon State), Westlee Tonga (Utah), Brian Vogler (Alabama), Conner Neighbors (LSU), Hunter Joyer (Florida), Zach Zwinak (Penn State) - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com