Felix Anudike-Uzomah film review: Meet the newest Chiefs defensive lineman
Examining "FAU's" film using our draft crush methodology to see where he wins, where he needs work, and how he fits into Kansas City's defense.
The wait is over. After months of speculation, big boards, and mock drafts, the Chiefs have made their first round pick. And turns out, it’s a guy who didn’t have to drive far at all to meet with his new team.
Defensive lineman Felix Anudike-Uzomah, who grew up cheering for the Chiefs and played his college ball at Kansas State, was the pick at 31 (after a run on wide receivers and multiple OT’s being taken off the board). The Chiefs chose the young (he won’t turn 22 until January, one of the youngest prospects in the draft) defensive end over a few more highly-regarded prospects and chose to continue to address DL, where they lost Frank Clark, Carlos Dunlap, and Khalen Saunders this offseason.
“FAU” (let’s face it, that’s much easier to type out and we’ve got film to discuss) is an interesting prospect from a physical standpoint, and he checks a couple of important boxes in his athletic testing.
(RAS numbers courtesy of Kent Platte, who deserves a follow on Twitter)
That said, we obviously don’t know a guy until we’ve looked through his tape. And so let’s talk FAU’s film as a pass rusher, utilizing the same methodology I’ve used to look at multiple other defense line prospects leading up to the draft.
You can find a more detailed breakdown of the methodology here, but the basic process is this; I’ll look at every snap over the course of multiple games to see what FAU shows in terms of first step/explosion, agility/bend/athleticism, power, pass rush chops, run defense, awareness, versatility, and an overall takeaway. You can find the film reviews of Adetomiwa Adebawore, Lukas Van Ness, and Myles Murphy by clicking on their names for some frame of reference.
All right, let’s talk FAU’s film and figure out where he fits in for Kansas City this year and beyond.