Xavier Su’a-Filo OG UCLA #56
Size/Athleticism: Adequate size, but definitely lacking the dominant size and strength. Fairly quick and capable of getting to the second level. Shows quick footwork. Has the frame to add some weight.
Pass Protection: Does a nice job staying low and getting underneath the defender and using leverage to stand him up and take away momentum. Struggles to recover when a more athletic lineman is able to dip his shoulder and gain a step on him. Awareness is lacking. Late to react to stunts and delayed blitzes and often lunges to recover.
Run Blocking: Quick off the snap but doesn’t have a ton of power in his initial punch. Rarely delivers the first punch that knocks his assignment back and, at best, usually plays to a stalemate. Not a road grader who can clear space. Capable of getting to the second level but gets lost in space. Doesn’t always quickly identify his assignment at the second level and wastes steps trying to locate and pin down the angle to take.
Intangibles: Three-year starter. Leaving school after junior year. Will be a 24-year-old rookie. Served a two-year Mormon mission from 2010 to 2011. Has some experience at left tackle.
Durability: Started all 40 career games.
Comments: Su’a-Filo has a decent blend of strength and quickness but he isn’t elite in either area. He appears to have the frame to add some weight and would definitely benefit from improving his power. He fights extremely hard, but he rarely finishes off defenders. As of right now, he’s a bend-but-don’t break blocker in pass-protection and struggles to clear space as a run blocker. His run blocking grade may vary greatly from team to team. He’s probably better suited for a scheme that will utilize his athleticism, rather than a power-run team.