Photo of D.J. Tialavea
4.75 ?
  • 6'3" Height
  • 33 5/8" Arm Length
  • 267LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands


2013: Played in only six games and miissed most of the season after undergoing foot surgery. 2012: Played in 12 games and started seven. 2011: Played in 13 games and started six. 2010: Played in nine games and started once. 2009: Redshirted.



Well-built, muscular blocker. Good arm length and overall mass. Can get in the way as a blocker. Efficient cut blocker. Functional short-area receiver.


Spends more time on the ground than he should by lunging and overextending. Does not play big and feet do not run on contact. Very undisciplined route runner. Marginal release -- easily pinballed and knocked off his path. Is not quick or urgent into his routes.

Draft Projection

Priority free agent

Bottom Line

Looks like Tarzan, but plays like Jane and must learn how to convert his natural strength to the field to earn his way in the NFL. Has raw moldable tools to be groomed as a developmental H-back or move tight end.
-Nolan Nawrocki
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.