STRENGTHS - Fauria has ideal height, length and bulk for the position at the NFL level. He is quick off the LOS which allows him to immediately put pressure on LBs in coverage. He has the ability to change speeds as well as get physical on his breaks, allowing him to run tight routes and create separation. His best asset is his ball skills, as he consistently wins 50/50 balls because of his ability to elevate and use his frame to shield defenders from the ball, as well as utilize his strong hands to consistently pluck balls away from his frame and hold on while absorbing punishment. He flashes the ability to block with power and leverage, and can seal his man out and sustain 2nd level blocks.
WEAKNESSES - Although Fauria displays good short area quickness and agility, he is not an explosive athlete and must rely on sound route-running in order to create separation. He lacks the speed to consistently stretch defenses over the top and is an elusive runner with the ball in his hands. While he is physically capable of being an effective blocker both in-line and out in space, he is not consistently physical and will at times fall off blocks early.
SUMMARY - Joseph Fauria is not being mentioned in the same breath as some of the top TEs in this draft class, but he clearly has the tools to become a productive NFL player. While not an explosive or elusive athlete, he does display solid short area quickness and smooth, savvy route running ability, which allows him to gain separation on his breaks. Once the ball is in the air he is a nightmare for LBs and DBs to match up with, as he high-points the ball and uses his huge frame and catching radius to consistently win contested balls. He clearly has the flexibility and strength to be an effective blocker, but must be more consistent with his level of competitiveness. The depth of this year's TE class is likely to drop Fauria to day three, but he has starter's upside at the next level because of his size, strength and ball skills.