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Austin Faoliu NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Dallas Cowboys DL

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 2, 2021

Oregon defensive lineman Austin Faoliu lines up for a play during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State in Pullman, Wash., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
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HEIGHT:
 6'3 1/8"

WEIGHT: 287 lbs

      

POSITIVES

—A strong defensive lineman for a tackle of his size.

—Wins with extension regularly.

—Wins inside hand battles regularly.

—Upside as a run defender.

      

NEGATIVES

—Not a special athlete.

—Balance can be an issue.

—On the ground too often when finishing plays.

     

2020 STATISTICS

19 TKL, 1.5 TFL, 1 SK

     

NOTES

—Played at two of the best high school football programs in the country in Junipero Serra and Mater Dei in California.

—Started 22 games for Oregon, off-and-on beginning in his freshman year before taking over full-time in 2020.

—Brother played at Oregon before transferring to Boise State this offseason.

      

OVERALL

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A smaller defensive tackle prospect who measured in at the Oregon pro day at under 290 pounds, Austin Faoliu has the traits of a quality run defender, despite not having the production of a future NFL starter. He projects to being a run-down contributor who may be able to start at either nose tackle, with some added weight down the line, or as a 3-4 defensive end. At the moment, his upper body is more developed than his lower body, which should limit him to a rotational role immediately.

      

GRADE: 6.71/10 (Round 6)

OVERALL RANK211/300

POSITION RANKDL20

PRO COMPARISON: Billy Wynn

       

Written by B/R NFL Scout Justis Mosqueda

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