Ugochukwu Amadi is staying in the Pacific Northwest.
The former Oregon safety was selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the 132nd overall pick in the fourth round of the NFL draft Saturday afternoon.
Amadi said the Seahawks want him to play nickel corner and 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 was 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).
Amadi was last season’s Lombardi Award winner as college football’s most versatile player.
Pass rusher Justin Hollins (156th overall to the Denver Broncos), wide receiver Dillon Mitchell (239th overall to the Minnesota Vikings) and Jalen Jelks (241st overall to the Dallas Cowboys) were the other ex-Ducks selected.
Hollins was the defensive MVP of the East-West Shrine Game, where he had 10 tackles with three for loss, including two sacks.
“… I’m here to play as hard as I can, and provide the team with some type of impact.”
Oregon tight end Kano Dillon and running back Tony Brooks-James signed as undrafted free agents after the draft. Dillon signed with the Washington Redskins and Brooks-James signed with the Atlanta Falcons.
No players from Oregon State were selected in the draft.
— The Oregonian