Xavier Su’a-Filo – Guard – UCLA
Size – 6030e – 305e – 5.25e
Strong Points – Has played both guard and tackle, strength and explosion, uses hands, run block, pass block, pull
Weak Points – Just adequate size for a guard
Summation – Su’a-Filo enrolled at UCLA in 2009 and started every game at left tackle. He missed both the 2010 and 2011 seasons because he was on a Mormon mission. He came back to start every game in the 2012 season at left guard, and this season, had starts at both left guard and left tackle.
Looking at tape, Su’a-Filo is best suited to play guard. At 6’3 – 305 his frame is more like a guard's. He lacks the height and range to be effective at tackle in the NFL.
At guard, he has good initial quickness and shows explosiveness on contact. He shows a natural hip roll when run blocking. He stays low out of his stance and is able to generate movement. He can do a good job getting out to linebackers and has the short space movement to adjust on the move. On pulls, he can get out in front of a back and has the agility to adjust to hit a moving target.
In pass protection, he can set quickly and has a good punch. He has quick hands and does a good job keeping his hands inside. He plays with good bend and has the feet to mirror versus moves in a short area. When at tackle, and he had to play more in space, he had some trouble with wide speed and counter moves. Because of his bend, he shows good ability to anchor and seldom gets pushed back.
Overall, Su’a- Filo is a very consistent college player. He isn’t great in any one area. He has the talent to start early in his career, and an NFL coach may even want to try him at center. He may not start as a rookie, but you can bet that by his second year, he will be a solid starter in the league. He could be drafted as high as the late second round but looks to be more of a very good third round pick.
Grade – 6.6 B