2017 NFL Draft

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Sione Fua

| | College: Stanford
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There's a reason Stanford went from 55th in the nation against the run in 2009 to 19th in 2010, and although Fua can't take all the credit, he deserves a nose guard's share. After the team switched from a base "40" front to a true 3-4 his senior season, the onus was on Stanford's new two-gap plugger to occupy the middle and keep opponents from shoving the ball down the Cardinal's throat, and he responded.

The new system was a better fit for Fua. After he managed to earn honorable-mention All-Pac-10 as a junior (24 tackles, three for loss, 1.5 sacks), he showed the anchor strength to hold up against double-teams and fires out low enough to gain initial leverage and clog interior running lanes.

Fua was a second-team All-Pac-10 pick as a senior (22 tackles, six for loss, 4.5 sacks). He won't bring much pass-rushing prowess to his new team, but with many clubs installing at least a few "30" front looks, he has the squatty, thick build and excellent lower-body strength makes him worthy of a mid-round selection.


Strengths: Is a thick, stout player who uses his low center of gravity and squatty build to his advantage. Keeps his base down when uncoiling out of his stance and does not allow offensive linemen to leverage him. Extends his arms and generates a violent punch on contact, jarring blockers and quickly getting into position. Strong, powerful bull rusher who jolts the offensive lineman and gets leverage early. Has a low firing point and possesses the leg strength to drive blockers into the backfield. Sits into stance and anchors well against double-teams while maintaining the balance and body control to shed inside blocks. Can clog two gaps, keep his base under him and stay off the ground. Has experience playing the nose in a 3-4 front and the three-technique in a 4-3 front. Plays with a high motor and relentlessly fights to hold his ground.

Weaknesses: Lacks suddenness and is not the type of athlete who will knife through blocks to pressure the passer. Does not run well and struggles to work down the line to make plays away from his frame. Offers very little as a pursuit defender and cannot move quickly enough to track down a passer or runner from the backside. Can be run around and away from and lunges when trying to move laterally. Does not use his hands to beat blockers as a pass rusher and doesn't generate consistent penetration in the middle. Doesn't finish plays once he reaches the backfield and lacks the awareness to locate the football once he's through the line.

2010 Season

Fua anchored Stanford's defensive line from the nose guard position in 2010. He earned second team All-Pac-10 recognition this year after totaling 23 tackles, including 4.5 sacks.

2009 Season

Honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection … started the last 11 games of the season at defensive tackle and finished with 24 tackles, including 3.0 for loss … credited with 1.5 sacks for a loss of 15 yards … solo sack came at Wake Forest … slotted into a starting role when Matt Masifilo went down with an injury in the second game of the season at Wake Forest … .had a season-high five tackles against Oklahoma in the Sun Bowl.

2008 Season

Returned to full-time duty after sitting out the 2007 season and was a steady contributor on Stanford's defensive line … played in all 12 games and made seven starts … made his first career start at TCU and started seven of Stanford's final 10 contests … made four starts at defensive tackle and three at nose guard … finished with 17 total tackles, including 11 solo efforts … ranked tied for fourth on the Cardinal defense in both tackles-for-loss (6.0) and sacks (3.0) … recorded his first career sack in the season opener against Oregon State … also had sacks at UCLA and California … had a careerhigh six tackles (two solos) at Oregon, including one tacklefor-loss … returned to campus in the spring quarter and participated in the final six spring workouts.

2007 Season

Missed season while attending a church mission.

2006 Season

Played in all 12 games and finished with 16 tackles, including seven solo stops … also had one tackle for loss (-4 yards).

High School

A PrepStar All-American and one of the most highly sought-after defensive line prospects in the nation … Ranked No. 6 in the west among defensive lineman by PrepStar and No. 17 nationally among DL by Scout.com … Scout.com also ranked him the No. 40 overall recruit in the west while SuperPrep had him rated No. 35 among all recruits in the California/Hawaii/Nevada region … Had over 60 tackles and eight sacks a year ago while leading Crespi High School to its second straight CIF Division X championship … He was named All-State underclass as a junior First-Team All-Southern Section by the Los Angeles Times as a senior … Rivals.com ranked Sione No. 47 among DL in the nation and among the Top 100 recruits in California … Selected All-State, All-CIF, All-Area and All-League as a junior.


Pronunciation: see-OWN-ay foo-AH.


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