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2016 NFL DRAFT

Xavier Su’a Filo, OG

School: UCLA  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Pleasant Grove, UT
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 307 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2721-2
Player News
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 2/33 - Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, 6-4, 307, UCLA...Completed a two-year mission and should start at left guard immediately. Says he tries to emulate Logan Mankins, the Patriots' Pro Bowl guard. He has the kind of nasty streak coaches love. Also played tackle but will focus on inside with Texans. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - New coach Bill O'Brien likes players who are smart, tough and versatile. "Versatility is a key word in this process," he said about scouting and drafting. "It's something we look for in all of our players at every position." Specifically, O'Brien was talking about guard Xavier Su'a-Filo, their first pick in the second round. He started 20 games at tackle and 20 games at guard. The Texans will put him at left guard, where they need a starter. "We want to be a physical team that runs the ball," general manager Rick Smith said. Not only is he (Su'a-Filo) smart and physical, but his versatility adds to his value." - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 27/2. *Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA, 6-4, 307, 5.01, 1-2...As a veteran of 40 career starts, Su'a is the most pro-ready player on UCLA's talented offensive line. He is powerfully-built to handle bull rushes but has lateral agility and balance as a pass blocker. His mad work ethic was obvious early in life when he became an Eagle Scout and he has already completed his two-year Mormon missionary work. Frankly: Let's see what you want in an offensive lineman. Size? Check. Athleticism? Check. Reliable character? Double check. Draft him, suit him, play him. Take credit for making an easy decision. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 23. Xavier Su'a-Filo OG, UCLA (6-4, 307, 5.04, JR)...Su'a-Filo lined up at left guard and left tackle this past season for the Bruins and played consistently well for the Bruins productive offense. He gets himself in trouble when he overextends himself, but he is an easy bender with a strong base to engage at the point of attack. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/29/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Offensive Line: *Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA, 6-4, 307, 5.04...As a veteran of 40 career starts, Su'a is the most pro-ready player on UCLA's talented offensive line. He is powerfully built to handle bull rushes but has lateral agility and balance as a pass blocker. His mad work ethic was obvious early in life when he became an Eagle Scout and he has already completed his two-year Mormon missionary work. Frankly: Let's see what you want in an offensive lineman. Size? Check. Athleticism? Check. Reliable character? Double check. Draft him, suit him, play him. Take credit for making an easy decision. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/15/2014 - Five players who should be on the Denver Broncos' draft radar: OG Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA: Given Manning's age and the Broncos aggressive moves in free agency, Denver is clearly all-in to win now. That normally doesn't lend to drafting an offensive lineman in the first round. Su'a-Filo is far from the typical offensive lineman, however. He's a natural left guard who plays with athleticism and an anchor to handle both athleticism and power in the passing game. Given the loss of Zane Beadles to free agency and the retirement of Chris Kuper, the Broncos will almost surely be devoting extra attention to their offensive line in the draft, perhaps as early as the first round. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 36. *Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA, 6-3, 305, 5.18, 1-2...Work ethic was obvious early in life when he became an Eagle Scout and has already completed his two-year Mormon missionary work. Su'a is the most pro-ready player on UCLA's talented offensive line. A veteran of 38 career starts. Powerfully-built to handle bull rushes but has lateral agility and balance as a pass blocker. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

12/03/2013 - 2013 ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL Xavier Su'a-Filo, Jr., UCLA (2)...Has been selected All-Pac 12 First Team for the 2013 college football season as voted on by the Pac-12 Head football coaches. - UCLA football

10/03/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: OG Xavier Su'a-Filo returns to Utah for the first time as a collegian when the Bruins play the Utes on Thursday. He won a state title playing at Rice-Eccles Stadium for Provo Timpview High School. Despite BYU and Utah enjoying success and UCLA struggling when he attended high school, Su'a-Filo left home to play with the Bruins. After serving a two-year Mormon mission he is one reason QB Brett Hundley is better protected this season. "All I remember was UCLA losing," Su'a-Filo said. "It didn't affect my decision. I loved UCLA." - The Sports Xchange

08/13/2013 - TOP UCLA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 3. OG Xavier Su'a-Filo (6-3, 305, 5.18)*...Sua-Filo signed with the Bruins as one of the elite prep offensive linemen in the country in 2011 and wasted little time proving up to his billing, starting all 13 games at left tackle as a true freshman. While effective in this role, he was moved inside to left guard by Mora and his staff and took to this position even better, earning First Team all-conference honors by league coaches.

Sua-Filo is quick off the snap and shows an impressive initial pop to push the defender off the ball. Scouts will be watching to see if his ability to sustain blocks improves with more experience inside at guard, where his short, wide frame is best suited. His experience at tackle is clear when pass-blocking, as Su'a-Filo is patient and balanced, showing the ability to slide laterally, as well as absorb a strong bull-rush, when necessary. He is light on his feet and often was asked to pull and lead Franklin around the corner, but possesses just moderate balance when blocking on the move. Interior linemen only occasionally leave school early to test the NFL waters but given his experience (27 career starts) inside and out, Sua-Filo could be one to watch for the 2014 draft. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/16/2013 - 2013 OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST: Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA, G...Su'a-Filo was a starter in all 14 games at left guard in 2012, serving as the team's offensive co-captain. He also saw action at left tackle during the year. He was instrumental in helping pave the way for running back Johnathan Franklin, who set new school records for career and single-season rushing in 2012. Su'a-Filo was named a second-team All-American by Fox Sports NEXT, also garnering third-team honors from the Associated Press and CBSSports.com. A true junior, he started all 13 games as a freshman in 2009 before going on a two-year Mormon mission. The Outland Trophy is awarded to the best interior lineman in college football. - UCLA football

07/16/2013 - 2013 LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: G Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA...Su'a-Filo was a starter in all 14 games at left guard in 2012, serving as the team's offensive co-captain. He also saw action at left tackle during the year. He was instrumental in helping pave the way for running back Johnathan Franklin, who set new school records for career and single-season rushing in 2012. Su'a-Filo was named a second-team All-American by Fox Sports NEXT, also garnering third-team honors from the Associated Press and CBSSports.com. A true junior, he started all 13 games as a freshman in 2009 before going on a two-year Mormon mission. The Outland Trophy is awarded to the best interior lineman in college football. - UCLA football

 
Player News
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 2/33 - Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, 6-4, 307, UCLA...Completed a two-year mission and should start at left guard immediately. Says he tries to emulate Logan Mankins, the Patriots' Pro Bowl guard. He has the kind of nasty streak coaches love. Also played tackle but will focus on inside with Texans. - The Sports Xchange
 

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