Photo of Paul Fanaika
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  • 15 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 6'5" Height
  • 327LBS. Weight

Overview

A former walk-on, Fanaika has used his unique combination of size, surprising foot quickness and determination to develop into one of the better, more underrated interior linemen in the country. Fanaika has intriguing upside for the next level -- if scouts can find a place for him. Despite starting three years at right guard for the Sun Devils, Fanaika's struggles with leverage could pose problems against shorter, powerful defensive tackles. There are some who believe Fanaika's future lies at right tackle, where his size and arm length could be beneficial, but with questionable lateral quickness and no experience outside, it is a projection likely only worthy of a late-round pick. Had an arm span of 35 inches and a hand span of 10 7/8 inches at the combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Naturally massive man with even weight distribution. ... Powerful upper body. ... Jolts the defender with his initial hand punch. ... Knee-bender that plays on his feet with surprising balance in pass protection. ... Agile enough to get out and lead the sweep. ... Three-year starter. Negatives: Struggles with the leverage battle as a pass-blocker against the bull-rush. ... Allows defenders to get into his chest and can be walked back into the pocket, despite his strength and size. ... Surprising initial quickness, but only in small areas. ... Will struggle to get to the second level and effectively block speedier linebackers. ... May lack the lateral quickness to protect the edge if moved outside to right tackle.
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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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