Ugochukwu Amadi is staying in the Pacific Northwest
The former Oregon safety was selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the No. 132 overall pick in the fourth round of the NFL Draft Saturday afternoon.
Amadi said the Seahawks want him to play Nickel, corner, safety and contribute on special teams.
“My versatility is my strength,” Amadi said. “I know how to get the ball back to our offense, that’s my strength. I get the ball back. I’m very instinctive, quick, fast, I know how to play the deep ball. I’m your all-around DB.”
Amadi is the first Oregon player chosen in this year’s draft and becomes the highest a Ducks defensive back has been drafted since John Boyett (No. 192 in sixth round of 2013).
The Lombardi award winner as college football’s most versatile player, Amadi had 55 tackles with five for loss including 1.5 sacks, three interceptions with two returned for touchdowns, eight pass breakups and a forced fumble last season. He also averaged 15.93 yards per punt return, which would’ve ranked third nationally if he qualified statistically, with a touchdown.
Amadi was the first FBS player with two interception return touchdowns and a punt return touchdown in the same season since Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick in 2015.
At the NFL Combine, Amadi ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds, 12th of the 22 safeties and tied for 28th out of 54 players when including all defensive backs. His 20-yard shuttle time of 4.19 seconds was ninth among 16 safeties and he ran the 3-cone drill in 7.21 seconds, 13th among 14 safeties and 30th among 34 total defensive backs.
Amadi’s vertical jump of 32.5 inches was 21st among 24 safeties and 48th among 51 total defensive backs and his 9-feet-7-inch board jump tied for 21st among 25 safeties and tied for 48th out of 53 defensive backs.
Perhaps most impressive was his 18 reps at the bench press, which tied for seventh out of 21 safeties and tied for eighth out of 51 defensive backs considering his enormous 77-1/8-inch wingspan.