Drafted: ROUND: 4 - Pick Number: 110 (BAL)
Draft Profile: BioFaalele grew up in Melbourne, Australia. He played basketball and rugby at high school until the coaching staff of the University of Hawaii football team discovered him while scouting players in Australia. He was recruited to play football at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and quickly became a starter on IMG's offensive line in 2017 and was selected to play in the2018 Under Armour All-America Game. Faalele was rated a four-star recruit by ESPN and opted to play college football at Minnesota.
Faalele started the final 8 games of his freshman season and gave up just a single sack on 571 plays he participated in. He won the Outstanding Offensive Freshman award as a result.
As a sophomore he started 11 games at right tackle and gave up 3 sacks on 666 plays - he was awarded an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention.
Falllele took a COVID opt-out for the 2020 season and decided to return for his senior year instead of turning pro. In 2021 he started for the whole season while surrendering only one sack on 777 snaps. He was recognized with All-Big Ten honors along with three other members of his offensive line.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- A giant on the field at 6’9″ and 380 pounds he is quite simply the biggest player in the entire draft class - Raw power and natural strength to overwhelm defenders in tight quarters
- Size means he is almost impossible to move and his width makes him difficult to get around
- Made Bruce Feldman's Freaks list at #29 -- "freakish combination of enormous size and a surprisingly athletic 29-inch vertical and 8-7 broad jump, but as he’s reshaped his body, he’s become a lot more nimble and flexible. Faalele is down about 30 pounds this offseason, in the 370-pound range"
- Long arms and massive hands lock on well to defenders and is able to easily knock rushers on their backs
- A super-powerful drive blocker in the run blocking game who flashes the nasty demeanor and killer instinct scouts covet
- He has a base that is dynamic enough to reset against bull rushers who can develop an initial bit of push.
- Has surprising quickness and explosiveness at the point of attack
- Surprisingly good technical ability considering his limited playing experience
- Sells trap block and can turn to seal. Fluid getting to and adjust at the second level.
- Effective in space and usually drops his hips to get leverage and sustain against shorter defenders.
- Has been relatively injury-free - which is rare for a man this size
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Susceptible to speed rushers. Has only average quickness off the snap and doesn't possess the acceleration or arm length to corral defenders once they cross his face.
- Struggles to be consistent blocking in motion and doesn't have the natural foot quickness to cover a lot of ground.
- Very inexperienced and is still learning the position
- Loses leverage battles and plays with high pad level. Can be late off the snap.
- Has lapses with overextending and getting his pads too far out overtop of his knees due to discipline.
- Has a problem with balance as a result of inconsistent footwork and bends at the waist instead of at the knees too often
- Has not learned an instinct for the game - he sometimes looks surprised when shown new pass rushing moves
- Flashes the ability to move his man with his hands, but is not yet consistent in this area.
- Throughout his college playing career he has never put up great grades as a pass blocker - we have graded him as only average
Scouting Report: SummaryIf a scout were to draw up a dream starting NFL left tackle, the picture may look a lot like Faalele His height, length, and athletic build are not only prototypical but perfect for the position that helps protect the blind side of NFL quarterbacks.
He is simply massive and has huge upside - more than any other player in the entire class, to dominate as both a run and pass blocker in the NFL. He is very raw and comes with major downsides as he currently isn't polished in any aspect of the game and will likely need to be developed slowly.
He's the biggest risk-reward offensive line prospect in the draft, but we still expect to hear his name called in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft with a chance to break into day one if he shows improved quickness at the combine.
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