Texans Select Xavier SU’ A-Filo With The First Pick In The Second Round
Houston (CBS Houston) – After taking Jadeveon Clowney number one overall yesterday, the Texans selected guard Xavier SU’ A-Filo from UCLA.
SU’ A-Filo will likely challenge Ben Jones for a starting spot at left guard.
Here’s CBSSports.com profile on SU’ A-Filo
As a veteran of 40 career starts, Su’a is the most pro-ready player on UCLA’s talented offensive line. He is powerfully-built to handle bull rushes but has lateral agility and balance as a pass blocker. His mad work ethic was obvious early in life when he became an Eagle Scout and he has already completed his two-year Mormon missionary work.
Su’a-Filo lined up at left guard and left tackle this past season for the Bruins and played consistently well for the Bruins productive offense. He gets himself in trouble when he overextends himself, but he is an easy bender with a strong base to engage at the point of attack.
Strengths: Strong upper body with a well-proportioned frame. Nimble enough to get to the second level and looks natural pulling. Smooth body control and flexible hips to seal. Natural bend, balance and base with a strong anchor to generate power in the run game, can squat an elephant. Good anticipation and engages well at the point of attack.
Smart, savvy blocker with natural blocking instincts. Quick learner played left guard and left tackle. Durable and started every game in his three seasons at UCLA (40 starts; 20 at left tackle, 20 left guard).
WEAKNESSES: Inconsistent body positioning and takes poor angles. Caught lunging and struggles to recover. Not patient and lacks timing. Needs to develop a more deadly punch to jolt rushers at first contact and redirect their momentum. Lacks a mean streak and will take some plays off. Poor pad level leads to inconsistent leverage at the point. Needs to refine fundamentals. Older prospect for an underclassman (will be a 23-year-old rookie) after serving a two-year Mormon mission.
COMPARES TO: Danny Watkins, Miami Dolphins – Like Watkins, the game appears to come naturally to Su’a-Filo, who will also enter the NFL older than most prospects. Watkins has been a first round bust, but Su’a Filo has better NFL upside
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