Key Stat Proves Josh Uche Was a Second-Round Steal for the Patriots

Max Staley
Josh Uche might've been a steal for the New England Patriots.
Josh Uche might've been a steal for the New England Patriots. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

At first glance, Michigan's Josh Uche sure doesn't look like an elite pass-rushing prospect. After all, he only racked up 15.5 sacks during his four-year career with the Wolverines, never topping 7.5 in a single season. He's also just 6-foot-1 and only put up 18 bench press reps at the 2020 NFL Combine.

However, a deeper look at the numbers proves how special Uche can be.

According to Pro Football Focus' pressure rate, Uche pressured opposing passers on a ridiculous 25.4 percent of his pass-rushing snaps. That was the best such mark in the country, and he even outperformed Ohio State's Chase Young, who has been heralded by some as one of the best pass-rushing prospects in recent memory.

Notably, Uche received a pass-rush grade of 91.0 from PFF. He may not have managed a big sack total, but he was consistently making a huge impact. That could make him the ideal replacement for outside linebackers Jamie Collins and Kyle Van Noy who led the team with 7.0 and 6.5 sacks, respectively, last season.

His lack of eye-popping box scores and 2020 NFL Combine performance may have hurt Uche's draft stock stock, but all signs point to Uche being an absolute steal for the New England Patriots.

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