NFL prospect focus: Xavier Su’a-Filo and Austin Seferian-Jenkins
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
Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Tight End – Washington
Size – 6054e – 275e – 4.70e
Strong Points – Great size, productive receiver, hands, run after catch, play speed
Weak Points – Inconsistent route runner, not the blocker he should be with his size, has a receiver first mentality
Summation – Seferian-Jenkins is a third-year junior who has decided to enter the Draft. He has been a starter at Washington since early in his freshman season and has had a very productive career. For his career, he has caught 146 catches for 1838 yards and 21 touchdowns. His most productive season was 2012 when he had 69 catches.
Seferian–Jenkins has excellent size for a tight end. He is over 6’5" and has a playing weight of close to 275. As big as he is, he is very athletic and runs well. I would estimate his speed at around 4.70, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he ran a little faster than that at the Combine.
Seferian-Jenkins flashes good route running ability but can be inconsistent with his routes. On tape, he does not consistently finish his routes and doesn’t seem to go all out all the time when he is not the first or second option. In saying that, he does have the skills to get in and out of cuts quickly and separate. He also has the speed to beat linebackers deep. His hands are very good, and he can adjust to poorly thrown balls. After the catch, he is a strong runner who can break tackles and has the quickness to make some defenders miss.
I'm disappointed in his blocking. With his size and strength, he should be a dominant blocker and he is not. While he shows a willingness, he is more of a position blocker. You seldom see him drive people off the ball. As a pass blocker, he is adequate-to-good. In short, he blocks more like a receiver than a tight end.
Serferian–Jenkins has the natural talent to be an excellent NFL tight end. He has to learn to play with more consistency and become a more physical blocker. He had an off season issue that fellow NFP writer Erik Oehler detailed very nicely in an earlier article that he will have to address with scouts and coaches at the Combine. Assuming he gets through the interview process without any problems, he is very likely to get drafted in the second round.
GRADE: 6.6 A
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