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Bedard’s Breakdown: Putting Josh Uche’s impressive Senior Bowl in proper and needed context

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There's very little question that Patriots third-round pick Josh Uche, an end/linebacker from Michigan, had an outstanding week at the Senior Bowl.

He had two pressures in seven practice one-on-one reps. He was outstanding and showed his possible versatility on a couple of coverage snaps as a standup linebacker.

In the game, Uche had a hit and four hurries in 11 pass rushes — and one of his hurries should have been a sack of Justin Herbert if Uche didn't forget he wasn't in practice and could hit the quarterback — for an amazing 45.5 pressure rate.

You could make the argument Uche was the defensive MVP of the entire week between practices and games.

No wonder Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy (a former Patriots scout who isn't exactly universally beloved around the league) raved about Uche going into the draft.

All of the things said above about Uche are correct.

But this is also correct: almost all of the players Uche competed directly against — and beat — at the Senior Bowl went undrafted.

That's not saying Uche's performance was necessarily fool's gold or anything like that — you can't pick your opponent, all you can do is be productive in the reps given. But if Uche struggles at the next level, you could point to his Senior Bowl week (and even some of his production at Michigan) as being a little overrated if you looked closely enough.

A closer look at Uche's Michigan performances and Senior Bowl week: