Chidobe Awuzie- CB Colorado

5-11 3/4", 196, (O) 4.43, 

6.81 3-Cone, 4.14 SS, 39.5" Vert

 11"Broad! 30.5"Arms, 16 Reps

Reminds Me Of Revis. 

By TOM

Awuzie is excellent in press when he goes nose to nose with a big WR. When he played Off, he would hop forward and jam the WR within five yard and take him out of the pattern. Nice job finding the WR in traffic when he breaks over the middle, through a bunch. Terrific snap in his hips when the WR break inside. Terrific hips turning and running, while grabbing a little shirt with his inside hand, when he was alone out on the sideline. 

He has great hips. Nice job taking the WR breaking inside, when he lined up in the slot and the WRs twisted. He just doesn't allow any space for the QB to throw into. Nice job running down the sideline with his inside arm over the WR's outside arm, and not letting the WR knock it down. Great strong base. Elite back pedal. Great speed chasing guys down from behind.

Terrific blitzer. He can flush the QB, and force him to run to the other side. He had a sack from the Slot against UCLA. Terrific job holding the edge on the WR on tosses to his side, and will shed the WR and grab the RB as he tried to turn upfield by the sideline. He will get blocked outside, when he is protecting the sideline, and not get his hands on the RB. But he was great at protecting the sideline, and forcing the RB inside. Protects the sideline with strength and purpose. Terrific job getting physical with the WR outside in run game. he had elite production at Colorado:

AT COLORADO: Career: He finished his career with 273 tackles, 22nd all-time at Colorado, with his 226 unassisted tackles the seventh-highest figure and his 26 tackles for loss the most by a defensive back (as were his nine quarterback sacks). He also finished second in career third down stops (47) and fifth in pass deflections (35). One of the most versatile players in recent memory at CU, as he played all four positions in the secondary: cornerback, free and strong safety and nickel as well as some outside linebacker. He has accepted a bit to participate in the 2017 Senior Bowl.

He will turn and use bail technique sometimes, and when the CB blocked down, he can read it and protect the sideline from the RB. He will play off when his man lines up in the Slot. Nice job reading the WR's break, and shadowing him as he crossed. Smart player, who will check coverage when the QB audibles. He will line up nose to nose in the Slot, but likes to peek into the backfield at the QB. If Jamal Adams is best leader of all the Safeties, Awuzie is the best leader of the the CBs.

Terrific instincts moving forward into the backfield on option runs. Terrific run blitzer from the Slot. He has played every position in the secondary, and he looked like he could play SS, FS, CB, or slot Corner in the NFL. Great tackler. He can break down and wrap up RBs like a safety. 
Nice job getting his hands up and plays with terrific strength when the WR tried to block in front of him. They will line him at the Sam or Will, and have him blitz the edge. He does a nice job using his hands and feet to bounce around the RB blocking in pass pro and getting to the QB. he can take on bigger blockers, and win freakishly sometimes.

He can stop on a Dime when he gets faked out, and the WR breaks to the other side. Nice job holding up the elite speed receiver out in space so his teammates can get him. He did not let up a TD reception all season. He will line up in the slot and blitz off the edge. Nice job running around the ORT when he got his hands on him.

He can retreat back, see the handoff, and snap forward so quickly that the WR can't touch him, and go and get in on the tackle. Great twitch going from backwards to forwards. He will go into the slot a lot on 3rd down. He just shuts down the slot guy. Great suddenness in his shoulders on beak inside. Always plays with his head up, focused on the WR or QB.

2016 (Sr.): Co-recipient of CU’s 2016 Zack Jordan Award that goes to the Most Valuable Player (with quarterback Sefo Liufau). He earned Associated Press first-team All-Pac-12 honors. Marquee player in CU's secondary that ranked No. 3 in the country in pass efficiency defense at 98.1. while opposing quarterbacks completed just 48.3 percent of their passes averaged only 182.5 yards per game, ranking as the 13th-best passing defense in the FBS. He finished the year with 60 tackles (48 solo), four sacks (tying his own single-season record for the most by any CU defensive back), two forced fumbles and his 13 passes broken up. He also had one interception and 19 third-down stops, ranking second on the team in that category. He played 849 snaps on defense, ranking third on the squad, and led CU in special teams points with 27.

Amazing feet and hips to stay in front of the WR, and then Burst forward when he breaks inside. Instant click and close. He reminds me on Revis at Pitt. Only Revis ran a 4.29, if he runs a 4.39 at the Combine he could go as early as Revis.

Terrific click and close in his hips. They will line him up on the Blindside in the Redzone, but on the strongside normally. Smooth feet when he just retreats down field. He will line up in the slot, and blitz the QB off the edge. Great feet. He has some terrific stop and go reaction where he doesn't loose an inch. Gets low and uses his great feet and balance to stay in front of the WR until he breaks outside.

When he gets aggressive in run defense he can really move to the RB fast, and shoulder crack him down. Great quick twitch when turning and running with the WR. If he has any ball skills he is going to be a great NFL CB. He can twist off the WR, and turn and hit the TE on the throw over his shoulder and knock the ball out. Great awareness and react in coverage. 

Additional Notes:

Combine: He might be the best run defender of all the CBs in this Draft. He is a fierce player and leader. He just ran into the 1st with a 4.44. He reminds me physically of Revis. He doesn’t have Revis's ball skills and hands, but he shut guys down in college. Nice quick feet in pedal. He can catch the deep pass. Great quick feet moving backward. Nice burst forward. Didn't have drop in 1st gauntlet. Didn't have drop in 2nd gauntlet. He caught some tough ones in the gantlet drill as well.

Previously Released: Awuzie is a strong looking kid. He will lined up in press, and then jump into Off before the snap when he reads something. He reminds me of Revis at Pitt. He is built like him and moves like him, but I don't know if he has his instincts yet (when I say "move" I mean more moving sideways, backwards, and every angle in between in coverage, but not necessarily moving forward). Very nice feet in his pedal. He can motor backwards and twist his hips inside and then swivel them outside, while still retreating backwards. Great loose hips. This kid is an elite athlete moving backwards. I love him in finesse press. He can stay in his pedal weaving in front of the WR to slow him down longer than any CB in this Draft.

Chidobe Awuzie Vs UCLA:

Maybe the best aspect of Awuzie is that he played every position in the Secondary. Including in the slot. He was lined up here like a Chung in the Box. You can see how light on his feet he was as he hopped up and down a little waiting for the snap. But most importantly, watch the burst forward when he saw the fumble. He was 9 yards past the LOS before the QB could go two yards to try and block him. Then he almost tied the RB to the ball, and he had a 6-yard head start (:01). You can't tell me that he doesn't look physically like Revis when he was sprinting into the backfield low, with those big thighs.  

He was back outside on the QB's right as the Number One CB lined up in front of the stack. One thing about Awuzie is that he is the smartest CB in this Draft, and they put him there because he likely had a choice to make. He'll take the guy who runs the short pattern, and his teammate behind him will take the guy who goes deep (:01). They run the screen. He took the inside route so he can't cut back, and his teammate attacked forward to the outside. That would have been predetermined how they would play the screen.

Then they moved him into the slot on the other side of the field. He cut off the pattern, before he saw the run (:24). Then he was back on the right looking more like a Chung in the Box than the Slot corner. He blitzed. Watch how he used his hands to jump around the RB's block (:35). Back on the QB's right. He dropped off into Off (:56). He saw the RB trying to get outside, and charged into the crowd and knocked him back on his butt. He is a very tough guy against the run. There is no doubt he could move to FS in a flash.

Back in off in the opposite slot (1:14). He did an excellent job taking the outside slot WR after the cross. Then he blanketed him at the end of the pattern (1:43). He saw or heard something. I'm not sure that was a QB blitz. It looked like he was looking for the RB (1:56). Up in Press. This is what I wanted to see. He checked the coverage off the motion (2:07). Check it out. He put speed to power and pushed the OLT back a few steps, lol. He can be freakish taking on blocks by OLs.

Here he was in Press on the QB's right again. He got moved around more than any other CB in this Draft. Which is good, because that is likely how he is going to make it on the field early as a rookie. Watch how he pushed the bigger WR up, powered him aside, and protected the sideline (2:30). He stayed facing the WR as he broke inside. He threw a blanket over him, and the QB tried to whip it in there anyway (2:39). That was great coverage.

Back in Off in the slot. I liked how he stepped up and jammed the WR before he can get going. I think he could be a great Press corner (2:51). Great job protecting the sideline on the Draw (3:01). With no one on his side, he was essentially a FS. He charged forward, and fought off the big TE to protect the sideline. That was great run defense (3:14). In the slot, watch how he started in motion as he watched the QB, just a tick before the WR moved. He knew the QB's point was the motion signal. Then he checked the rest of the secondary (3:26). He slid over laterally and took the WR cutting over the middle. 

Up in Press. Watch how he attacked with his hands first. Watch his smooth hips twist inside and run with the WR in coverage. He read run late, which was unusual for him (3:40). Check this play out. It is a new kind of butt tackle (3:50). Watch how he jammed the WR a yard off the line. But it was a run. He fought the WR off, and then pushed him back up field as he tired to protect the sideline. The WR was holding him so he twisted back, and twisted himself backwards into the RB to stop him from turning the corner. Then he butted him out of bounds like he was boxing him out, lol. That was another great defensive play.

Watch the hips as he snapped outside and ran effortlessly with the WR. Those are some terrific hips (4:02). He slid over laterally and back with his nice quick feet, and jammed the WR on the second level (4:12). He bit on the inside fake a little (4:23). But watch the great recovery. Watch the quick double tap of his great feet as he slipped back and twisted his hips like they were buttered. He suddenly had a 1/4 step on the WR going down the sideline. That might be the best example of why I like him in Press.

He pedaled backwards remarkably, like he knew the pattern the WR was running. He tried to protect anything except the inside, and when the WR broke inside he caught him. But then the WR jerked back outside and it surprised Awuzie (4:35). That's why covering in the slot is so difficult, everything can be a two way go (4:48). Oh, you can see the FS snuck up behind him, and when the TE went in motion, he showed that he was blitzing a little. The QB did notice, and watch the second burst to the QB when he saw the QB didn't see him coming. He smashed the QB's face in the turf. He was the most versatile DB in this Draft. 

He has such great explosion moving forward. The QB saw him coming this time and handed the ball off (5:06). Up in Press in the Slot. He blitzed again. He grabbed the ORT's arms and pulled his way past him. CB's cannot do that. He was a freak on the field sometimes (5:14). He shifted Back. then he bolted forward as he saw the RB sneaking out of the backfield. Then watch the hustle as he almost ran down the TE from 15-yards behind (5:27). Then he had one final blitz to end the game. 

Awuzie Vs UCLA:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li8G7KFCEtI

Awuzie's Official Bio:

AT COLORADO: Career—He finished his career with 273 tackles, 22nd all-time at Colorado, with his 226 unassisted tackles the seventh-highest figure and his 26 tackles for loss the most by a defensive back (as were his nine quarterback sacks). He also finished second in career third down stops (47) and fifth in pass deflections (35). One of the most versatile players in recent memory at CU, as he played all four positions in the secondary: cornerback, free and strong safety and nickel as well as some outside linebacker. He has accepted a bit to participate in the 2017 Senior Bowl.

2016 (Sr.)—Co-recipient of CU’s 2016 Zack Jordan Award that goes to the Most Valuable Player (with quarterback Sefo Liufau). He earned Associated Press first-team All-Pac-12 honors (second-team by the league coaches and Phil Steele’s College Football). Marquee player in CU's secondary that ranked No. 3 in the country in pass efficiency defense at 98.1 while opposing quarterbacks completed just 48.3 percent of their passes averaged only 182.5 yards per game, ranking as the 13th-best passing defense in the FBS. He finished the year with 60 tackles (48 solo), four sacks (tying his own single-season record for the most by any CU defensive back), two forced fumbles and his 13 passes broken up. He also had one interception and 19 third-down stops, ranking second on the team in that category. He played 849 snaps on defense, ranking third on the squad, and led CU in special teams points with 27. In the season opener against Colorado State he led the team in tackles with eight, had one tackle for a loss, broke up a pass and recorded an interception which he returned 14 yards. In week three at No. 4 Michigan, his sack of quarterback Wilton Speight forced a fumble that the Buffs recovered and returned 18 yards for a touchdown to give CU a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. He finished the Michigan game with five solo tackles, one third down stop and a pass breakup in addition to his sack and forced fumble. In win over Arizona State, he recorded the seventh sack of his career (second of the season), which made his CU’s all-time quarterback sack leader – among defensive backs. In the 10-5 win at Stanford when CU’s defense held the Cardinal to just 263 yards, he had six tackles, a tackle for a loss, two third-down stops and two pass breakups. On Nov. 3 against UCLA, he had five tackles (all solo), a sack that went for a loss of 10 yards and also blocked a Bruin field goal attempt in the 20-10 victory. The blocked field goal was CU’s only of the season. He was a candidate for postseason hardware such as the Jim Thorpe Award (he was one of 39 on the official preseason watch list for the top defensive back in the nation), as well as the two honors presented to the nation’s top defensive player (one of 88 on the list for the Bronko Nagurski Award and was one of 90 nominated for the Chuck Bednarik Award). He was also listed as the No. 89 player overall in the Top 100 College Players by nfl.com, the 19th-ranked defensive back and the No. 11 cornerback. He was the co-recipient of the Eddie Crowder Award as selected by the coaches for his outstanding leadership during spring practices. 

2015 (Jr.)—He played in all 13 games (12 starts) in being named second-team All-Pac-12 by the Associated Press and the league coaches. He was also a first-team All-Colorado selection by the state’s NFF chapter as well as being the recipient of the Dave Jones Award, selected by the coaches for being CU’s most outstanding player on defense. He played a team-high 897 snaps on defense, at a combination between cornerback and the nickel position, finishing second on the Buffs with 90 tackles (78 solo). He had a team-high 13 tackles for loss (four quarterback sacks), the first time a defensive back ever led CU in that category dating back to 1969, when it was first tracked. He also had a team-best eight tackles for zero, giving him a total of 21 tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage. In addition, he was second on the team in pass deflections (10) and third down stops (10, three of which were fourth down stops). He had two interceptions, one at Hawai’i and the other on a fourth down late in the game at Oregon State that sealed CU’s 17-13 win (he was CU’s Athlete of the Week for his game against the Beavers, as he also had eight tackles, including a sack and two tackles for zero, and two pass breakups). He also had three hurries, three chasedowns (near-sacks), three touchdown saves and a forced fumble. He was in on 10 or more tackles three times (season high of 11 at Washington State, with 10 of the solo variety), with 10 against Oregon (all solo) and USC (eight unassisted). He had another seven tackles on special teams (four solo, one inside-the-20). He was one of 12 players on CU’s leadership council, which essentially served as team captains.

2014 (Soph.)—He started in the first nine games of the season, but missed the last three after suffering a lacerated kidney in practice (Nov. 4). At the time of the injury, he had just assumed the team lead in tackles but still finished third with 64 (57 solo, with two for losses). He had team-highs of 11 third down stops and 10 touchdown saves, and his eight pass deflections were third on the team; he also had four tackles for zero, a fumble recovery, a quarterback hurry and a quarterback chase down. He had at least five tackles in the nine games he appeared in, with a season-high 11 against UCLA (eight solo); he had nine on three other occasions, against Arizona State, California (all solo) and Oregon State. He had a career-high four passes broken up at Massachusetts, and had three third down stops against Colorado State and Oregon State (with two in three other games). He played 608 snaps on the year, as he had sat out just three (at the end of the USC game) until he was injured. He had seven tackles and a third down stop in helping the Black team defeat the Gold, 21-17, in the spring game. The coaches selected him as the recipient of the Hale Irwin Award for the spring, presented to the most improved defensive back.

2013 (Fr.)—He saw action in all 12 games, including seven starts (six at the nickel position and one at left cornerback). Though fellow true frosh Addison Gillam set numerous school freshman records, he made his own mark: he played the third-most snaps on defense by any frosh in CU history (643), and became just the 13th freshman to record 50 or more tackles for a season, finishing with 59, the sixth-highest ever total (43 of which were solo stops). That number was also good for sixth on the team, fourth-most by a defensive back; he also had five tackles for loss, including a quarterback sack, with another stop for zero gain. He added seven third down stops (tied for the second-most ever by a freshman), four pass deflections, three touchdown saves, two forced fumbles and a recovery. On special teams, he added another two assists. He had a career/season-high 12 tackles against Arizona, along with eight against Cal and six against Central Arkansas (all solo), when he had one of his two forced fumbles (the other was at Utah).

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