Xavier Su'a-Filo NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Texans LG

Alex DunlapContributor IMarch 11, 2014

UCLA guard Xavier Su'a-Filo fends off a Virginia Tech defender at the Hyundai Sun Bowl.during the Sun Bowl NCAA college football game on Tuesday Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Victor Calzada)
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Xavier Su'a-Filo, LG, UCLA, (HT: 6'4⅛", WT: 307 lbs.)

Houston Texans

Second Round: 33rd Pick

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  • Won the 2013 Morris Trophy as the Pac-12’s best 2013 offensive lineman.
  • Proved capable of playing the offensive tackle and guard positions at a high collegiate level.
  • Immense lower body and clearly impressive core strength.
  • Shows great discipline setting into nice, low stance through games.
  • Powerful, athletic prospect with explosive movements.
  • Great feet and a terrific burst out of three-point stance.
  • Strong, heavy hands that are hard for defenders to get off of. 
  • Shows consistent small signs of potential for elite athleticism. 
  • Possesses a brand of functional strength that can be absolutely menacing.
  • Above-average motor, agility and quickness.
  • Played in a UCLA offense in which latching on and driving seem paramount to the mix of power and zone run-blocking concepts utilized.
  • Had an extremely successful NFL combine for speed testing, with the seventh-best 40-yard dash and the third-best short shuttle.
  • Elite bend and general flexibility.
  • Voted as team captain by teammates for the last two years.



  • In pass protection, will sometimes stop moving his feet after stonewalling pass-rushers.
  • Can give up penetration to disruptive interior presences with low centers of gravity.
  • Not a patient player or a naturally balanced player. 
  • Can have problems sticking to interior rushers when he doesn’t get his hands on them early.
  • On occasion, will effectively take himself out of run plays by not controlling his own momentum.
  • Showed issues with recognition of disguised blitzes in pass protection during both the 2012 and 2013 seasons. 
  • Has much more trouble getting low-anchoring defensive tackles off their spots than evaluators would like to see.
  • Could be considered smaller in stature than ideal. 
  • Has shown issues countering stunting outside defenders taking long angles across his body.
  • Relatively short arms.
  • Tied for eighth-smallest hands at the NFL combine.
  • Evaluators expected more than his disappointing 25 reps on the bench press in Indy based on on-field strength exhibited on tape.


Personal Notes (via UCLA Athletic Department)

  • Full Name: Xavier Filoitumua Su'a-Filo. 
  • Born: January 1, 1991 in American Fork, Utah. 
  • Parents: Paul and Candida Su'a-Filo. 
  • Has two sisters, Hayley and Natasha, and a brother, Wilson. 
  • Lists his biggest athletic thrill to date as blocking a punt in the 2008 state championship game, which led to a momentum-shifting score. 
  • Hobbies include video games and hanging out with friends. 
  • Learned to speak Spanish on his church mission work in Alabama and Florida.
  • He is an Eagle Scout.


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Grades by Alex Dunlap



Su'a-Filo is an impressive prospect to watch, and he seems to do quite a few things really well. He’s a dominating blocker with terrific functional strength. He can get into free space quickly and generally maintains good leverage with a motor that never seems to stop.

While inadequacies can be pointed out in the game of any prospect, NFL scouts will clearly key in on the things Su'a-Filo does well, and those things make him an NFL-ready, plug-and-play guard. The NFL franchise that selects Su'a-Filo will be doing so with expectations of a very early impact.

Draft Projection: 1st-2nd Round