The first Duck is off the board! The Seattle Seahawks selected Ugochukwu "Ugo" Amadi (pronounced oo-go-choo-koo uh-MOD-ee) in Round 4 with the 132nd overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Amadi's four-year contract is projected to be worth $3,165,188 with a $645,188 signing bonus, according to OverTheCap.com. Here is what the Seahawks are getting with the ProDuck and how Amadi fits the team’s needs.
TEAM NEEDS Seattle had a major need to add members to the new Legion of Boom. The Seahawks needed additional depth at cornerback and safety, and they got it! Amadi is a dependable and versatile safety, a perfect fit for Seattle. Amadi is a punt return talent with good toughness and that has improved every year. The Seahawks have now selected two defensive backs through the first four rounds of the draft. They drafted Utah safety Marquise Blair in the second round. The Seahawks met with Ugo Amadi at the NFL Combine but he didn't hear from the Seahawks after that until they asked for his draft day information. "It was kind of by surprise,” Amadi said.
YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW THAT as a senior Amadi became the first FBS player since 2015 and first Pac-12 player since 2007 with two pick-6s and a punt return for a touchdown in the same season.
AT OREGON Amadi played in all 51 of Oregon’s games during his four-year career. As a senior, he won the Lombardi Award, which recognizes the top FBS player regardless of position. Versatile Amadi was the Duck to do it all; playing cornerback, safety and returning punts. In 2018, Amadi finished with 55 tackles, including five tackles for loss with 1.5 sacks. He intercepted three passes overall, and had eight pass breakups.
PRAISED FOR his leadership and efforts off the field. A five-time game captain who shared Oregon’s team MVP award with quarterback Justin Herbert, Amadi also was an active participant in community outreach projects while leading a secondary that featured three sophomores at the other starting spots. Oregon coach Cristobal called him “the quarterback of the offense.”
STRENGTHS Amadi’s ability to affect the game and make plays on the ball has impressed… Draft profiles list him as a “ball hawk.” He’s not afraid of undercutting breaking routes to make big plays and showed he’s a threat to take it the distance. Over his final two seasons, Amadi amassed six interceptions, highlighted by three pick-6s, and forced four fumbles.
NEEDS TO WORK ON The biggest knock on Amadi is his less than ideal size and the giving up initial separation on deep throws. Amadi will need to improve his top speed acceleration out of turns and his lateral transitions.
How would he describe his game? “I can go out and get the ball back to our offense. That’s my strength. I can get the ball back. I’m very instinctive; quick and fast. I know how to play the deep ball. I’m your all-around DB.”
FUN FACT Amadi would rather play pickup basketball with Lebron James than pickup football with Tom Brady.
QUOTE "It's going to be a huge blessing to able to just get an opportunity to play at the next level," Amadi told Bri Amaranthus. "It's something I worked my whole life to get to. Next step will be to work even harder to gain the trust and respect from my teammates to be that guy and come in and dominate early."
BEST SOCIAL POST Amadi posted an Instagram video eating a cupcake that was named after him and his reaction is perfect.
MEASUREABLES 5' 9", 200 LBS, 31 3/4” ARMS, 9 1/2” HANDS
HOMETOWN Nashville, TN
MODELS HIS GAME AFTER Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu, who is known for being versatile and tough, with a lot of playmaking ability.