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Su’a-Filo may be a fit for the Seahawks

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Feb. 27, 2014 at 10:06 am with 14 Comments »
February 27, 2014 10:14 am
UCLA offensive lineman Xavier Su'a-Filo could be an option for the Seahawks. / AP images
UCLA offensive lineman Xavier Su’a-Filo could be an option for the Seahawks. / AP images

Whenever discussing the draft, we’ll always start with the caveats that it’s unpredictable, especially when it comes to the Seahawks and this front office.

Keep that in mind when we look at players over the next couple months while we plod toward the draft.

Two offensive linemen who have been linked to the Seahawks are Pac-12 guys David Yankey of Stanford and Xavier Su’a-Filo of UCLA. We’ll look at Su’a-Filo now and Yankey later.

At the combine, they were different in their interviews. The first time I spoke with Su’a-Filo was at Pac-12 football media day last July. He was kind of finding his way on the podium then. At the combine, he looked comfortable and in command when speaking.

Su’a-Filo, 6-foot-4 and 307 pounds at the combine, played guard and tackle at UCLA. He said NFL teams project him at guard.

If there is an offensive lineman he looks at in the NFL, it’s the Patriots’ Logan Mankins.

“I think Logan, he was a high draft pick, but he’s physical,” Su’a-Filoa said. “He’s a bad-ass, he started from Day 1 in New England, and I love how nasty he is, something about his game that I really try to implement. Other guys like Mike Iupati and Trent Williams, are really mean and nasty like that and that’s what I’m trying to be like.”

Su’a-Filo feels he can play both guard and tackle in the NFL. Here’s what he said about his ability to zone block.

“At UCLA with Noel Mazzone’s offense we ran spread zone, but we did have some gap scheme and power in there,” Su’a-Filo said. “When I was at guard, I love pulling, getting out in space. So, either one.”

When Su’a-Filo was at UCLA, he said he tried to lead be example.

“I wasn’t much of a rah-rah guy,” Su’a-Filo said. “But anytime I had to speak, I wasn’t afraid to do it. In the locker room, I tried to be a leader. I was voted team captain the last two years and tried to give an example to my teammates, especially our young offensive line, how our coaches expect things to be done and how we’re going to be successful.

“And I think that, like I said, the culture that coach (Jim) Mora wanted to implement on our team, I really tried to help bring that inside the locker room and I think that a lot of guys on our team started to buy into it.”

Maybe the Seahawks will buy into him.

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  1. Southendzone says:

    Here’s his bio according to CBS sports:

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1664298/xavier-sua-filo

    There it also notes he was the 2013 Morris Trophy winner voted by D-Lineman in the conference.

  2. Love what he had to say – and the fact that he can possibly go multiple postitions will make him more valuable in the seahawks eyes IMO

  3. What timing! I had just decided this morning that Su’a was a better fit and choice than David Yankey. I somehow doubt the Seahawks will use a 1st round pick on an OG, but I would be fine if they did.

  4. IMO, its a better use of a first round draft choice on a OT (compared to a first round choice on a OG).

    Here is my idea at OT to replace FA Breno
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1664226/morgan-moses

  5. Another draft option at tackle (this one reminds me of James Carpenter)……

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1851178/antonio-richardson

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Why would you want to draft a tackle that reminds you of Carpenter? Lol.

  7. yankinta says:

    Ummm blocis, and GeorgiaHawk,, I disagree with that. I think Antonio Richardson is a really good Tackle. I hope he’s there at 32nd pick!! :)

    Here’s a player analysis that might help us know him better….

    Richardson played well in 2013. In a rematch against Jadeveon Clowney, Richardson was too jacked up early on and Clowney beat him for some plays in run defense. Richardson settled down and kept Clowney from recording a sack. By the fourth quarter, South Carolina was moving Clowney around to go against other linemen. Richardson also had a strong performance against Missouri’s edge rushers.

    Richardson had some issues with Florida and young pass-rusher Dante Fowler. Richardson started the season strongly against some weak opponents. He played well overall against Georgia, but was beaten for a sack by Ray Drew.

    Entering the 2012 season, Dallas Thomas was a quality tackle prospect, but Richardson’s talent prompted Tennessee to move Thomas inside to guard. Richardson did an excellent job protecting Tyler Bray’s blind side. The Volunteers produced great pass protection with Richardson leading the way – the team only allowed eight sacks for the year.

    Richardson was a Second-Team All-SEC selection for his season. He also held his own going against South Carolina superstar Jadeveon Clowney. The 6-foot-6, 336-pound Richardson has size to go with some athleticism. It wouldn’t surprise me to see the junior’s stock rise in the runup to the 2014 NFL Draft.

  8. Man, not sure I can get on board with this dude, since he played for Mora the Moron! (Just kidding. Cant blackball the whole college team because Mora is a fool).

    I wonder if Mora said “Accountability” 50 times per press conference at UCLA. Im sure if he did, it was regarding the players; in MoraWorld, that word doesnt apply to coaches who do a miserable job preparing their team each week.

    The guy is kinda tall and light for a Cable guy. But I’d love to see us draft a guy like him to put Sweezy on the bench, and it would be great to get a good guy in the second or fourth round (we gave up our third this year to Minny as part of the Harvin Trade).

  9. I dont want any more fatass lazy G’s masquerading as tackles. Just get a damned G who is supposed to be a G, and a Tackle who actually has quick enough feet to block outside rushers in the NFL. Im sick of Cable trying to make silk purses out of sows ear talent.

  10. I’m good with Morgan Moses or Antonio Richardson. While I liked Breno, I think either would be an upgrade. I don’t know if either of these players will be available at 32….. the tackles tend to move up and off the draft board quickly on draft day.

    Please, no more DT to OG experiments. Find someone who has been playing o-line for more than 10 minutes.

  11. Southendzone says:

    Hawks just signed a Nepalese sherpa with no NFL experience to a futures contract be their next starting RT.

  12. Is he named Tenzing lol?! Then I might believe it…

  13. I’m fine with Breno at RT to the point where I wouldn’t spend a 1 or 2 to try to replace him. We need more depth across the line, but we have a couple young potential studs in Bailey and Bowie. McQuistan is the one I’d most like to replaced.

    We are going to get the best player left on the board whenever we hand in our pick. I’m more for keeping our defense fresh with our lower picks unless a freak WR or TE is left on the board.

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