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Bolts Select Hard-Hitting LB Uchenna Nwosu in Second Round

The Los Angeles Chargers kicked off Day Two of the NFL Draft by continuing to address the defensive side of the ball.

And this pick won't have to travel very far to join his new team.

After landing safety Derwin James with the 17th overall pick, the Chargers selected hard-hitting USC linebacker Uchenna Nwosu with the 48th overall pick. 

Stay tuned for more about Nwosu throughout the night, including an exclusive first interview with the newest Charger, initial reaction from General Manager Tom Telesco, film breakdown and more.

For now, here's his prospect profile written leading up to the draft:

Uchenna Nwosu

School: USC
Height: 6-3
Weight: 251 pounds
NFL Network Pro Comparison: Kamalei Correa

One look at Uchenna Nwosu's tape shows an athletic, two-way linebacker whose game looks tailor-made for the NFL.

In fact, many believe he's primed to make an immediate impact in 2018.

The USC product is a hard-hitting linebacker who explodes into ball-carriers with a heavy thud.  Draft experts love his quickness off the edge with the ability of getting to the quarterback in a flash in addition to his prowess in coverage.

Over four years with the Trojans, Nwosu totaled 168 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, 20 passes defensed and 12.5 sacks in 53 career games.  However, it was his dynamic senior campaign that really put him on the map as he tallied 75 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 14 passes defensed and 9.5 sacks in 2017.

A late-bloomer who only began playing football during his sophomore year in high school, pundits note how Nwosu is still learning the intricacies of the game.  As a result, there is a ton of untapped potential for NFL teams to unearth, which is why most believe he will be late first round/early second round pick.

Combine Metrics
40-Yard Dash:4.65 seconds
Bench Press: 20 reps
Vertical Jump: 32.0 inches
Broad Jump: 119.0 inches

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