Photo of Xavier Su'a-Filo
Drafted By: Texans
  • Round 2
  • Pick 1
  • Overall 33

Combine Results

Grade
5.92 ?
  • 5.04 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 25 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 25.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 102.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.60 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.44 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"We talked about them getting stronger inside on both sides of the football. Played some tackle, but when they kicked him inside (to guard) it was a completely different picture. He is a plug-and play guy; a Day 1 starter. With (Jadeveon) Clowney on defensive side and Su'a-Filo on offensive side, I think GM Rick Smith is making a statement." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'4" Height
  • 33 3/8" Arm Length
  • 307LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Overview

Parade All-American who won three state titles at Provo (Utah) Timpview and was the state's 4A Offensive Player of the Year as a senior. In 2009, was the first true freshman offensive player in UCLA history to start the season opener; started all 13 games at left tackle. Did not play the next two years while serving a two-year LDS mission in Alabama and Florida. Upon returning, started all 14 games at left guard in 2012. Started all 13 games in 2013, including seven at left guard, six at left tackle. Won the Morris Trophy, which is given to the most outstanding offensive lineman in the Pac-12, as voted on by the conference's defensive linemen. Was also voted the Bruins' offensive MVP. Team captain.

Analysis

Strengths

Quick out of his stance. Effective pass blocker -- can bend his knees, extend and mirror in short area. Generates movement in the run game. Can work his hips and maneuver to gain positioning. Good foot athlete. Can pull, trap, combo block and step to the second level. Durable three-year starter. Has played guard and tackle.

Weaknesses

Lacks ideal length. Missed two years of strength training while serving a LDS mission and has a bad body. Could stand to play with better pop and power in his hands. Bends at the waist, gets overextended and falls off blocks. Heavy-legged -- slow to shift his weight and adjust to stunts and quick inside moves. Gets beat across his face. Needs to play with better awareness -- gets short-circuited by complicated defensive movement. Struggled mightily at left tackle.

Draft Projection

Rounds 1-2

Bottom Line

Does not look the part and was miscast when forced to play left tackle for the Bruins, but Su'a-Filo is more effective than he is pretty. Projects best at left guard, where he has starter-caliber ability in a power scheme, though he is athletic enough to appeal to zone teams, too.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
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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