Foley Fatukasi NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for New York Jets' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Connecticut defensive lineman Foley Fatukasi (93) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Navy, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in East Hartford, Conn. Three years after Superstorm Sandy forced his family from their home, Connecticut's Fatukasi has settled into a central part of the Huskies defensive line. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
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POSITIVES

—Four-year player who has experience over others in the class.

—Has the power and girth to handle interior work.

—Pounds feet to consistently get into the quarterback's lap and move the platform.

—Every strike is a haymaker and has all of his weight behind it.

—Hustle player who treats every rep like a fight.

                

NEGATIVES

—Raw player who is winning with sheer size and strength against competition.

—Heavy athlete that doesn't have the quickness or balance of top-tier interior players in the NFL.

—One-track mind that treats each rep like a one-on-one instead of identifying schemes and disengaging to make plays.

—Won't make many plays outside of the box in the NFL.

—Will get exposed on reach blocks because he's lacking the lateral agility and balance to open and fight pressure while working outside.

                              

OVERALL

Foley Fatukasi is a raw prospect who has succeeded by using power and thickness to disrupt plays early. He'll have to develop a varied skill set in the NFL if he's expecting to be anything more than a two-down 3-tech that is taken off the field on obvious passing downs. There is enough flash on film to suggest Fatukasi could become a moveable piece in any front with continued coaching and athletic development.

                 

GRADE: 5.99 (Round 4)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Dalvin Tomlinson, New York Giants

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