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Joseph Fauria, TE

School: UCLA  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Encino, CA
Height/Weight: 6-8 / 259 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

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Strengths Weaknesses

Fauria's value lies in his ability as a mismatch in the passing game. While not a speed threat in the Jimmy Graham mold, Fauria shows impressive flexibility and agility as a route-runner, soft hands to make tough catches and the combination of strength, fluidity and leaping ability (see Stanford, 2011) to be a "Bruin" after the catch. With just nine career starts entering the 2012 season, Fauria remains rough around the edges and far from a first round lock but the physical upside is such that he's currently ranked as NFLDraftScout.com's top senior tight end in the country.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

The nephew of former NFL tight end Christian Fauria (who played most notably with the Seahawks, New England Patriots), Joseph was a highly regarded prep prospect who originally signed with Notre Dame.

Fauria (pronounced Fore-EE-AA) saw action in three games as a true freshman but recorded no catches and elected to transfer to UCLA to play under Rick Neuheisel just as his uncle had when he played his collegiate ball at Colorado. After sitting out the 2009 season due to the NCAA's transfer policy, Fauria struggled to make an impact for the Bruins in 2010 catching just three passes for a total of 21 yards. Two of his catches did go for scores, however, leading to high hopes that Fauria would breakout in 2011.

The big, athletic pass-catcher did exactly that a season ago. Despite inconsistency at the quarterback position, Fauria emerged as a standout for the Bruins, hauling in 39 passes for 481 yards and six scores.

While new offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone has traditionally featured receivers more than tight ends as part of his high-octane passing attack, Fauria offers a combination of size and athleticism that is rare and worthy of exploiting. He remains raw as a blocker, often electing to cut defenders rather than take them on with physicality one might expect given his size.

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05/01/2013 - Lions sign 11 undrafted rookie free agents...Joseph Fauria (6-7, 255), TE, UCLA: Led UCLA with 12 touchdown catches in 2012, second on the all-time school single-season list and the most since Marcedes Lewis had 10 in 2005. - DetroitLions.com

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