2017 NFL Draft

Joseph Fauria, TE

School: UCLA  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Encino, CA
Height/Weight: 6-8 / 259 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
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

03/17/2013 - 2013 UCLA Pro Day: Joseph Fauria, TE (243) - Fauria ran the 40 in 4.72 and 4.82 seconds. He had a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-0 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.53 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.49 seconds. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

03/13/2013 - 2013 UCLA Pro Day: Tight end Joseph Fauria had more on the line after suffering what appeared to be a hip injury during East-West Shrine Game practices, which caused him to miss most of the combine workout. Fauria accelerated smoothly during his timed drills but is not an explosive runner. When pressed, the source estimated him to have run in the 4.8s in the 40-yard dash. He was impressive during positional drills, demonstrating very good burst in and out of his breaks during short- and medium-range routes and catching the ball cleanly.

Fauria isn't an explosive threat down the seam but uses his 6-foot-7, 259-pound frame well around in the red zone, as evidenced by the fact that he led the Bruins with 12 receiving touchdowns as a senior and leaves with 20 over his career, tied for third in school history. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/15/2013 - EAST WEST SHRINE GAME - MONDAY PRACTICE: UCLA tight end Joseph Fauria was forced to leave the field during the early portion of the West's practice due to an injury. He was stretching out his groin on the sideline and the trainers mentioned it to be a "hip issue." No word on the seriousness of the injury or whether or not Fauria will be back on the field this week. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/27/2012 - Scouting the UCLA passing game: QB Brett Hundley is one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country, although he leans more toward the passing game than the running game, unlike some other dual threats. He'll look for Shaq Evans (53 catches for 795 yards) on early downs and tight end Joseph Fauria (41 catches for 578 yards and 11 touchdowns) on third down and near the goal line. Check out some of these numbers from Baylor: The Bears allowed 362 passing yards to SMU, 656 to West Virginia (yes, 656), 381 to Iowa State, 359 to Texas Tech and 342 to Oklahoma State. - The Sports Xchange

11/30/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior TE Joseph Fauria made the 19th touchdown catch of his career last week. He also went over 1,000 career receiving yards; he's up to 1,046. - The Sports Xchange

11/29/2012 - PAC-12: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 13: Keep an eye on: TE Joseph Fauria, 6-7, 255, UCLA: Why you should watch him: Fauria's been on a roll lately, with six touchdowns in the Bruins' last five games. The senior tight end has also tallied over 60 yards in each of UCLA's last four games, including a 66-yard, one touchdown performance in the Bruins loss to Stanford on Saturday.

Season stats (12 games): 39 receptions, 544 yards, 11 touchdowns. Player ranking: Fauria is ranked 151st overall and is the sixth-highest rated TE in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings.

Up next: After hosting Stanford on Saturday, the Bruins will now travel to Palo Alto for a rematch in the Pac-12 Championship game. Fauria put up decent numbers in the first game, but UCLA may need a bigger performance from him if the Bruins are going to knock off a Stanford team that's only lost once at home in the last two seasons. - John Breech, CBSSports.com

11/29/2012 - 2012 ALL-PAC-12 HONORABLE MENTION: TE Joseph Fauria, Sr.,...has been selected All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention for the 2012 college football season. - UCLA football

11/25/2012 - TE Joseph Fauria made the 19th touchdown catch of his career last week. He also went over 1,000 career receiving yards; he's up to 1,046.

11/22/2012 - PAC-12: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 12: Keep an eye on: TE Joseph Fauria, 6-7, 255, UCLA: Why you should watch him: Stanford's Ertz wasn't the only tight end that had a big day Saturday -- so did Fauria. In the Bruins' 38-28 win over USC, the senior tight end caught four passes for 61 yards and a touchdown. Fauria now has five touchdowns in UCLA's last four games.

Season stats (11 games): 35 receptions, 478 yards, 10 touchdowns. Player ranking: Fauria is ranked 151st overall and is the sixth-highest rated TE in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Two of the nation's best tight ends will be on display Saturday when UCLA hosts Stanford. Both Ertz and and Fauria were named Mackey Award semifinalists (best tight end) this month. Fauria may be looking to show up Ertz after Ertz was named a finalist Monday and Fauria wasn't. - John Breech, CBSSports.com

11/18/2012 - TE Joseph Fauria had four catches for 61 yards and a touchdown against USC. He helped the Bruins move the chains with catches on third-and-13 and third-and-9, finding the seams in the Trojans' Cover 2 defense.

09/09/2012 - WR Joseph Fauria, at 6-foot-7, 255 pounds, is a big slot receiver in UCLA's offense. He led the Bruins with six touchdown receptions last season as a tight end, and he continues to be a big target in the red zone, catching two scoring passes vs. Nebraska. He finished with four catches for 42 yards.

09/08/2012 - Five Prospects I'll Be Watching Saturday: TE Joseph Fauria, UCLA: While Washington's Seferian-Jenkins is the elite tight end in the country, the Pac-12 player who generates most of the hype at the position is Fauria, the nephew of former University of Colorado standout Christian Fauria, who played 13 seasons in the NFL. At 6-7, 255 pounds Fauria certainly has the size to warrant the praise but scouts have consistently been disappointed with his lack of physicality at the point of attack -- something he'll certainly need to play with if he is to help the Bruins in Saturday's matchup against a talented and aggressive Nebraska defense. Fauria is a natural pass-catcher with long arms and soft hands. He has flashed the ability to make the spectacular catch but has struggled with consistency and doesn't possess either elite speed or burst out of his breaks. He is, however, a matchup problem with enough tools to warrant development. Few teams UCLA faces this season will provide Fauria with a greater physical test than the 'Huskers. If he is improve upon his current middle to late round draft prospects, Saturday's home game certainly provides him with the opportunity to do so. This game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm eastern and will be televised by FOX. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/30/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: UCLA and new starting QB Brett Hundley take on Rice's 4-2-5 defense in the opener. The Bruins have some stalwarts on offense -- such as RB Johnathan Franklin and WR Joseph Fauria -- but this is a young group that has a lot to prove up front and at receiver. In coordinator Noel Mazzone's spread offense, UCLA needs more and better receivers than it had during the Pistol years. Look for sure-handed Jordan Payton and two other true freshmen -- Javon Williams and Kenny Walker -- to be factors at wideout. - The Sports Xchange

07/25/2012 - Top-five UCLA prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. TE Joseph Fauria...He remains raw as a blocker, often electing to cut defenders rather than take them on with physicality one might expect given his size. 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, NFLDraftScout.com

07/25/2012 - Top-five UCLA prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. TE Joseph Fauria...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. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/19/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Joseph Fauria, TE, UCLA, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. Fauria led the team in 2011 with six scoring receptions, the most by a Bruin since Marcedes Lewis had 10 in 2005. He was second on the squad with 39 catches and 481 receiving yards. Fauria's 110 receiving yards, in the game at Houston last year, was the most by a Bruin tight end since Lewis totaled 108 against Arizona State in 2005. At the end of the season, he earned the Captain Don Brown Memorial Most Improved Offensive Player Award. In 2010, Fauria tied for the team lead with two touchdown catches. - UCLA football

07/10/2012 - 2012 JOHN MACKEY AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Joseph Fauria, UCLA, has been selected to the 2012 preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, which is presented annually to college football's best tight end. Last season, Fauria was added to the watch list during midseason. This is the second watch list that Fauria has been named to prior to the 2012 season, as he was named to the College Football Performance Awards list on Monday. During the 2011 season, Fauria led the team with six scoring receptions, the most by a Bruin since Marcedes Lewis had 10 in 2005. Fauria was second on the team with 39 catches and 481 receiving yards and was named the Most Improved Offensive Player on the team (Captain Don Brown Memorial Award). - UCLA football


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