2015 NFL DRAFT
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Palauni Ma Sun

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 319 | College: Oregon
 
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Overview

Palauni has improved enough through his two seasons at Oregon to intrigue scouts as a late-round prospect. If he can improve his hand use and keep his feet moving, his natural size and strength could be good enough to do the rest.

Analysis

Positives: Massive and can physically engulf the defender. Flashes foot quickness and agility. Naturally strong. Signed with Oregon as a JUCO transfer and made significant improvement in his two years with the Ducks. Noticeable improvement in his hand usage and upper body strength from his junior to senior seasons.

Negatives: Not the physical dominator his size would indicate. Doesn't consistently play with leverage, minimizing his advantage. Lacks technique. Occasional hand punch, but hand placement is often too high, allowing the rusher to disengage too easily. Gets lazy and leans on the defender rather than driving his short, power steps. Lacks quickness to pull. Slow and awkward in space.

2006 Season

Pacific-10 Conference honorable mention selection in 2006. Helped the Ducks lead the league in rushing (t11th nationally, 189.2 avg.) and total offense (8th nationally, 436.4 avg.), in addition to finishing second in the Pac-10 in fewest quarterback sacks allowed (12).

2005 Season

After quickly coming off the bench in the season opener at Houston, was difficult to get off the field in his subsequent 11 starting assignments. Opened the second week at left guard before shifted to the right side of the line for the remaining nine weeks. Took part in 93 snaps at Arizona State and dipped below 60 plays on only two occasions. Part of the fivesome who were all honored with team's offensive-player-of-the-week accolades. Also recipient for award for most pancake blocks following conclusion of the regular season.

Junior College

The two-year starter was chosen to SuperPrep magazine's JUCO 100 as one of the nation's top-10 ranked junior college linemen. Also picked as JC Grid-Wire first-team All-America after providing key to Rams' 8-3 contingent that finished 19th in California Community College Football Conference in rushing (181.0 avg.) and 24th in total offense (373.6 avg.). Named to All-California Region II first team as a sophomore for Valley Conference tri-champions who ranked fifth in the state prior to a season-ending 42-21 loss to eventual state champion.

Personal

Born Palauni M. Ma Sun Jr. on Dec. 21, 1985 in Pago Pago, Samoa. Parents: Palauni Sr. and Ilaisa Ma Sun. Family: Two brothers, three sisters. High School: Laie 2003. Junior College (Coach): Fresno City (Tony Caviglia) 2005. Major: Political Science.

 
 
 

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