Report Prepared By Lance Zierlein
Xavier Su'a Filo came to UCLA as a left tackle and started 13 games there as a freshman and took a two year Mormon mission after that season. When Sua'Filo returned, he was moved to left guard where he started all 14 games and then had 7 starts at guard and 6 at tackle for the Bruins this season.
Su'a Filo is one of the most complete guards in this draft with good foot quickness, plus lateral movement, power and an ability to play in any scheme. Su'a Filo rarely oversets in pass protection and is able to redirect when players get to his edge. I have some concerns about lack of length as I believe there will be NFL interior linemen who are able to neutralize his power by getting into his chest quickly with their hands.
He really jumps off the field at you when asked to make 2nd level blocks since he is able to get up on LBs quickly, break down and get guys blocked. Even more impressive is that he shows the foot quickness and timing necessary to be a plus zone blocker which is rare for such a powerful player. I did notice that he was slow reacting to twists that Stanford threw at him on three different occasions so that will have to be monitored by his line coach.