Player name: Ugo Amadi
H/W: 5’9 199
Position: Cornerback / Safety
School / Class: Oregon / Senior
Measureables: 4.51 40, 18 bench press, 32.5” vertical jump, 7.21 3 cone drill, 4.19 20 yard shuttle, 9’5” broad jump
Drafted to: Seattle Seahawks
- Positional versatility - Amadi offers positional versatility in that he can play both cornerback and safety. He was primarily used as a nickel back / free safety during the latter stages of his Oregon career. Amadi can also return punts as he did it with some effectiveness during his senior year.
- Athleticism - It’s very evident in the tape. He can keep up step for step with smaller receivers and backs. The Combine proved it with the 40 time and 3 cone drill times. He looked really fluid during the drills. Look for him float between corner and safety in Seattle in the box. Love his athleticism on tape as well.
- Experience - Played in 48 total games, starting all of them from his sophomore year to his senior campaign. He’s seen just about everything that Pac-12 offenses can throw at him in both the run and pass. Went through multiple defensive schemes as well.
- Character - Team captain. Leader on and off the field in all facets. No red flags whatsoever.
- Pass Coverage IQ - He’s very quick to diagnose pass plays and is in position to make the plays even if he doesn’t make them all the time due to a litany of reasons. He’s a big time playmaker at safety more than at corner. Route recognition is outstanding. Occasionally gambles on certain routes and pays a big price for that with big plays given up.
- Frame - At just 5’9, he will be limited in what he can do against bigger offensive skill players. He will need to find ways technically to get around the size deficiency. I’m not sure if he can add weight to his frame without losing the athleticism.
- Tackling - Inconsistent at best. He’s very good at blitzing off the edge but there are times where he takes himself out of the play and generally takes poor angles in pass coverage on occasion. Not a form tackler. Goes for the home run hit far too often. Needs to add strength to tackle.
- Position? - Is there a concrete plan in place for him at Seattle? He needs to settle down on a position and learn it at the NFL level.
How he fits the Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks official roster lists him as a Free Safety behind starter Tedric Thompson and backup Bradley McDougald. The cornerback room is much more tougher for Amadi to get any significant reps as at least three corners are ahead of him right now. I think he sticks on the roster as a swing type of defensive back and also as a return man. Amadi has the potential to beat out McDougald for backup reps at free safety in 2020. I have significant questions about whether or not his frame can hold up at the next level. He has the instincts and above average athleticism to make a name for himself. A chess piece for Pete Carroll and DC Ken Norton, Jr to utilize all over the secondary. He can be a leader of the rebuilt Seattle secondary pretty soon. He will wear the #28 that was vacated by former Seahawk Justin Coleman (he left via free agency to the Detroit Lions.) He recently became a father on the same day being drafted.
Player comp: Lamarcus Joyner DB Oakland Raiders
Amadi loving his time in that state up north so far (just wait until it rains every day for the next oh, forever, Ugo.)
Sounds like former @oregonfootball safety Ugo Amadi is liking his time in Seattle at rookie mini camp so far— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) May 5, 2019
"Good vides, great water, overall good day." #Seahawks #ProDucks@UAmadi7_ @Seahawks pic.twitter.com/geac16Atxd
His conference call upon his selection by Seattle
Conference call time! Ugo Amadi for the first time as a Seahawk. : NFL Network, ABC, ESPN https://t.co/3yeGO1SYdJ— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) April 27, 2019
Some pretty good analytics
Ugo Amadi was targeted on 13 "Go" routes at @oregonfootball last season and allowed a passer rating of just 14.9, allowing only two receptions for 62 yards, no touchdowns, and also grabbing one interception. #Seahawks— PFF SEA Seahawks (@PFF_Seahawks) May 3, 2019