Joseph Fauria is a lethal weapon at tight end, especially when he smells the end zone. Though he may not be taken in the early rounds of the NFL draft, many teams should consider adding this big target.
With the UCLA Bruins, Fauria found the end zone often and was one of the team's primary targets this past season. He has great size at 6'7" and is just deadly near the goal line.
Fauria, nephew of former New England Patriots tight end Christian Fauria, made some fantastic plays during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
Here are some of the top highlights from Fauria over the last two seasons.
At first, it may look like the defender throws Fauria off his route, but the big target does not even seem fazed as he continues past his man.
He quickly gets a step on the defender and the ball is thrown where only a player of Fauria's size can get to it.
He shows his athleticism here with a great diving catch in the back of the end zone. Fauria impressively hangs on to the ball and makes sure to get his knee down in bounds for the score.
From the tight end position, Fauria gets off the line quickly and knows where he needs to be for the touchdown reception.
This was a timely catch by Fauria in the fourth quarter against the USC Trojans.
On 3rd-and-13, he makes an incredible sliding catch to keep the drive alive.
The pass was actually slightly underthrown, but the 6'7" tight end bails his quarterback out by making a tremendous catch.
Just two plays later, running back Johnathan Franklin ran 29 yards for a touchdown to put the Bruins up 10 for good. Fauria's clutch snag led to the game-sealing score by Franklin in a battle of ranked opponents.
Fauria is lined up in the slot on this play and runs a simple slant pattern to the goal line.
UCLA QB Brett Hundley decides right away to look for Fauria so close to the end zone.
He is actually covered fairly well with a defender right on his back. Still, Fauria fights for the ball all the way and comes up with the reception after the ball was knocked into the air.
Fauria kept his eyes on the ball the whole way, giving the Bruins the lead in the first half.
The Bruins struggled against the Stanford Cardinal during the 2012 season, but Fauria still managed to make a highlight-reel reception against them.
The ball is thrown right toward the pylon, where Fauria jumps and makes an aggressive catch for the score. Even though he was covered tightly, he still manages to make an athletic play on the ball.
Unfortunately for the Bruins, they go on to lose to the Cardinal in this matchup and the following week in the Pac-12 Championship.
Fauria goes seemingly unnoticed on this play, as he sneaks out of the backfield and into the flats wide open.
He begins lined up as a wing on the right side and avoids a defensive end as he swings to the left side. Fauria makes the easy catch and impressively dives into the end zone for the touchdown.
The Colorado Buffaloes had a tough time matching up with the tight end, as he hauled in two touchdowns in this contest.
Though he is deadliest near the goal line, Fauria can also get downfield for a deep pass.
Fauria does a great job of setting up like he is going to block here and then manages to slip right past his defender as he goes streaking down the sideline for the score.
He uses his strength and balance to continue his route and get by the defender. Fauria caught two touchdown passes against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in this one.
A corner fade is not an easy route for a receiver to convert, let alone a tight end. Fauria, however, makes the route and catch look easy here.
He is set up as the lone receiver to the far left and takes advantage of the size difference between him and the defensive back.
Fauria uses his body and comes back to the ball to make the touchdown catch in an absolute thrashing of the Arizona Wildcats.