The Patriots traded up for Michigan EDGE Josh Uche in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft and it appears like it was a good decision.
Appearing on the Next Pats Podcast with NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry, Uche revealed how he already has a good understanding of the Patriots defense because of linebackers coach Jerod Mayo.
"The first WebEx meeting I had with the Patriots was with Coach Mayo and he taught me the defense in, I'd want to say, two minutes," Uche said. "And he taught it to me so well that I was able to recite it to him after when he started asked questions, 'OK, what do you do when this happens, this, this and this?" That's just a testament how good a coach he is just in a short amount of time he could teach me the basics of the defense.
"I definitely feel like Coach Mayo is the best in the business."
Uche was selected No. 60 overall by the Patriots.
At Michigan, he wasn't a full-time player, as he played less than 10 percent of the defensive snaps his first three years, but that jumped to near 50 percent for his senior year. He made the most of those snaps, recording 7.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss last season.
Uche is a versatile player and the Patriots will likely move him around, but he prefers rushing the passer.
"If I had to pick one, definitely it'd be pass rushing," he said. "I love pass rushing. I've been doing it since I was a kid. And it's just something I'm constantly trying to perfect."
It's unclear exactly how the Patriots will use Uche, but given his versatility he likely will get the chance to try a bunch of different things.