Foley Fatukasi

Connecticut
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Prospect Info

College
Connecticut
Hometown
Class
Far Rockaway, NY
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
318 lbs
34 1/8”
Hands
10 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.68
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
New York Jets
Jets
Round 6 ‧ Pick 6
40 Yard Dash
5.29
Seconds
 
Bench Press
33
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
30.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
112.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.44
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.53
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Fatukasi (whose full name is pronounced foe-luh-RUN-soo faa-too-KAH-see) is a load in the middle that can take on multiple blockers and push through to the quarterback. "Foley" was the first player from his Long Island, New York high school to immediately enroll at a major college to play football. After a redshirt season, Fatukasi started three of 12 games played in 2014, making 31 tackles, three for loss. He garnered honorable mention All-American Athletic Conference honors as a sophomore, starting 11 of 13 games and being credited with 50 tackles, eight for loss, seven sacks, and four forced fumbles. He continued to excel as a junior, starting all 12 games with 43 stops and 2.5 sacks. Fatukasi did not earn all-conference notice from AAC coaches in 2017, but still started all 21 games for the Huskies (45 tackles, 7.5 for loss, four sacks).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 4
NFL Comparison
Abry Jones
Overview
Fatukasi is raw but talented and offers a well-built, versatile defender who can be played at a variety of positions by teams who employ varied defensive fronts. He needs to improve at the point of attack, but that could happen if he's asked to slant less and improves technique as a two-gapper. Fatukasi's flashes of power and disruption could be foreshadowing a future as a quality NFL starter with the ability to play on passing downs if he can reach his potential.
Strengths
  • Dense, well-proportioned frame with good muscle mass
  • Fires out of his stance with good pad level and initial quickness when working in the gaps
  • Has brute power to challenge a blocker's edges and constrict rush lanes
  • Has two-gap potential, with more technique work
  • Able to rock interior blockers with heavy, punishing hands in his pass rush
  • Uses hands and leg drive to cave the pocket and force quarterbacks to move
  • Flashed a fluid spin move that could have some legs on next level
  • Plays with energy and vigor on every snap
  • Raw but talented
  • Has necessary size and strength to play play nose or three-technique in a 4-3 and defensive end in a 3-4
Weaknesses
  • Plays with some tightness in his knees
  • Production as run defender is average
  • Lateral movement is nothing special
  • Has a hard time staying ahead of blocks when plays flow outside
  • Inconsistent in recognition of blocking schemes
  • Lacks feel for down blocks
  • Needs to work with more consistent technique against double teams to improve anchor
  • Gets caught up with fist fights in front of him rather than controlling point of attack with length and power
  • Shed timing is below average
  • Loses balance when he plays out of control
  • Pass rush would improve with greater focus

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GRADE
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