Salesi Uhatafe

Utah
G

Prospect Info

College
Utah
Hometown
Class
Euless, TX
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
310 lbs
33”
Hands
10 1/4”

Prospect Grade

4.95
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
5.4
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
28.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
109.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.7
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.9
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 
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Salesi "Leka" Uhatafe (pronounced sah-less-ee lekka oo-ha-tah-feh) suffered a terrible tragedy in July 2013 when he fell asleep behind the wheel of a car heading 1,200 miles from Salt Lake City to Texas. He lost both of his brothers and a good friend, fellow Utah football player Gaius Vaenuku, while he and his father survived. Uhatafe redshirted the season following the accident and then earned a starting role at right guard for five of 13 games played in 2014. He played in all 13 games as a sophomore, starting seven times at that right guard spot. Uhatafe finally locked down the lead role for all 13 games in 2016, displaying a combination of size, athleticism, and toughness that NFL scouts desire for a next–level starter. Those traits came through in 2017, as Uhatafe was voted second-team All-Pac-12 by league coaches after starting all 13 games at left guard.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 7-PFA
Overview
Uhatafe has desired NFL size and possesses good upper body power, but his lack of functional athleticism and body control may be too much to overcome. Uhatafe can land with initial pop, but simply doesn't use his hands to help him sustain blocks and that may not be correctable. His size should get him into a camp, but making a team will be an uphill battle.
Strengths
  • Has thick-boned frame that carries natural anchor
  • Able to withstand and absorb power
  • Tough to move
  • Attacks blockers with early arm extension
  • Has upper body power to pack some pop in initial contact
  • Generates decent push in double teams
  • Has enough lateral quickness to handle inside zone duties
  • Protects with sturdy edges that are difficult to play through
Weaknesses
  • Rarely latches into opponents with his hands
  • Unable to sustain and has a poor finishing rate
  • Lacks baseline fluidity to get from block to block with consistency
  • Struggles to handle move blocks
  • Unable to bend and unlock his hips
  • Drive blocking comes from upper body rather than lower body
  • Needs better awareness and peripheral vision in pass pro
  • Waist-bender
  • Reactive athleticism isn't there

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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