Photo of Sefo Liufau
Grade
4.8 ?
  • 5.08 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 27.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 105.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.32 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.45 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 33 1/2" Arm Length
  • 232LBS. Weight
  • 10 3/4" Hands

Overview

Sefo Liufau (pronounced seff-oh loo-fow) probably won't be drafted as high as his uncle, Jack Thompson, who was a star quarterback at Washington State picked third overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1979. But the former top 20 quarterback recruit has been very successful as a four-year starter with the Buffaloes. Liufau did not play in the first four games of his freshman year, but the team ripped off the redshirt so he could start seven of the last nine contests (1,779 yards, 12 TD, eight INT, 59.4 completion pct). He was a team captain, team MVP, and honorable mention All-Pac-12 as a sophomore, setting many school records after completing 65.3 percent of his 498 throws for 3,200 yards and 28 touchdowns with 15 interceptions. Statistically, his junior year was not as successful (2,418 yards, nine TD, six INT, 62.2 completion pct) and he missed the end of the season with a Lisfranc injury in his foot. Liufau started 11 games as a senior, battling an ankle injury that prevented him from playing two games. Pac-12 coaches voted him honorable mention all-conference, however, as he threw for 2,366 yards and 11 touchdowns (six INT, 62.7 completion pct).

Analysis

Strengths

Big, burly frame to handle physical demands of Colorado's offense. Four-year starter and three-year team captain who is beloved by his teammates and coaches for toughness and leadership qualities. Played through a bad ankle for much of the year to help lead Colorado out of the doldrums. Called "tough, tough, tough competitor" by Washington coaches. Run-pass quarterback who can bang out yardage on the ground when necessary. Throws deep ball with touch and is comfortable working outside the numbers on intermediate and deep throws. Good pocket mobility. Paces just ahead of league average for accuracy on all three levels of the field.

Weaknesses

Mechanics are sloppy. Front side is wide open in many deliveries. Doesn't drive through the throw with his lower body and short arms his release. Delivery is stacked in two separate segments. Doesn't throw with enough anticipation. Will struggle to find work inside NFL passing windows. Had just 20 touchdown passes over final 663 pass attempts spanning two seasons. Ball should come out quicker on timing routes. A little delayed in working eyes from safety to first read.

Bottom Line

Liufau's toughness, leadership and competitive spirit is exactly what teams want and it happens to come in an NFL-ready frame. Unfortunately, his lack of timing and anticipation as a passer is one of the reasons his touchdown numbers are so low per attempt. While he showed an ability to run Colorado's offense with relative effectiveness, his game doesn't appear to translate to the NFL level.
-Lance Zierlein
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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.