In order to familiarize fans with some of the top names in the 2014 NFL Draft, Chargers.com will be highlighting a different prospect each weekday leading up to the first day of the draft on May 8th.
We continue the series with a scouting report of UCLA’s Su’a-Filo.
Name: Xavier Su'a-Filo
Weight: 307 pounds
There is no sure thing when it comes to the NFL draft, but many pundits suspect UCLA’s Xavier Su'a-Filo may be as safe a player as any available offensive guard this year. The reasons many point to for the junior include his tireless work ethic and high character, not to mention his incredible skillset. As such, Su’a-Filo is considered a “plug-and-play” prospect that should come in immediately and start for whichever team drafts him.
Over his career with the Bruins, Su’a-Filo started all 40 of the games in which he appeared. He is fresh off a dominant junior season when he was named a Second Team All-American and first-team All-Pac-12 selection. The 6-4,307-pounder played seven games at left guard and six at left tackle. Though he has experience playing outside, many suspect him to remain inside at the next level.
A tremendous athlete, Su’a-Filo has a quick initial burst once the ball is snapped. He is equally adept protecting the quarterback as he bulldozes ahead to create sizeable lanes for the running back. Su’a-Filo is also powerful at the second level, and plays hard until the whistle is blown. His versatility with the ability to kick outside is another valuable asset he brings to the table.
Although just a junior, Su’a-Filo is old for his age at 24, having taken two years off to complete a Mormon mission following his freshman campaign at UCLA. But while he will enter the NFL older than most rookies, that shouldn’t be a deterrent for teams looking for immediate help to bolster their offensive line.
40-yard Dash: 5.04
Bench Press: 25 reps
Vertical Jump: 25.0 inches
Broad Jump: 102.0 inches
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