Photo of Devin Unga
Grade
5.2 ?
  • 6'1" Height
  • 31 3/8" Arm Length
  • 231LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands

Overview

Will turn 27 years old on Dec. 28, 2014. 2013: First-team All-Independent Team pick after playing in 13 games and making 12 starts. 2012: Played in all 13 games, but did not start. 2011: Redshirted due to transfer from Oregon State. 2010: Played at Oregon State, where he appeared in 13 games without a start. Was one of eight true freshmen to play. High School: Won football state title as senior; also won a state basketball title in 2005. Misc.: Also goes by Devin Unga. Grew up with eight siblings. Cousin of Reno Mahe, who played for Philadelphia Eagles. Another cousin, Fahu Tahi, played for Minnesota Vikings. Another Cousin, Harvey Unga, is BYU's all-time leading rusher and was drafted by the Chicago Bears. His uncle, Tim Manoa, played for the Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts. His brother, Feti, played at Oregon State.

Analysis

Strengths

Good eyes to key and diagnose -- football smart. Plays on his feet and bends well. Steps downhill and has good take-on strength to stack and shed blockers. Motor runs hot in pursuit. Solid tackler. Drops competently into zone and shows nice awareness and reactions. Experience in a 3-4 defense. Has a special-teams mentality. Well-respected, motivated, hardworking leader. Comes from a football family.

Weaknesses

Lacks ideal height and length. Has very small hands. Lacks ideal foot speed -- can be a step late to the perimeter. Can be covered up and negated when he plays on his heels and exposes his frame to larger linemen. Needs to be schemed free as a blitzer. Relatively inexperienced. Is overaged with limited upside -- will be a 26-year-old rookie.

Bottom Line

An overaged, competitive, physical linebacker of Tongan descent, Unga went from walk-on to captain at BYU, where he was a tackling machine in his lone season as a starter. Skill set and college responsibilities translate well to the pro game, and he’s capable of serving as a core special-teams player and solid backup for a 3-4 team.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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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.
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