Iupati boasts unique physical abilities

Posted Jan. 27, 2010 @ 10:20 a.m.
Posted By Nolan Nawrocki

Third in a series of player reports during Senior Bowl week.

OG Mike Iupati
Idaho senior
Ht: 6-5 1/4 | Wt: 330 | 40-time: 5.3 (estimated)

Upside: Excellent size with a thick build and long arms. Very good upper-body strength and base to anchor. Possesses outstanding playing strength — carries a load in his hands to jar defenders. Easily manhandles defenders when he gets his hands on them. Knocks defenders off-balance with a jab. Is rarely on the ground. Powerful drive blocker — consistently re-establishes the line of scrimmage, generates power and creates running lanes. Carries his weight very well and effortlessly ragdolls defenders. Very good awareness and peripheral vision — quickly locates second-level defenders and eliminates linebackers. Consistently blocks multiple defenders. Effective short-puller — does a nice job wrapping tightly.

Downside: Too often reaches and grabs when trying to block on the second level. Footwork can use refinement — crosses his feet and cannot always recover from missteps. Can show better timing and patience and at times can be too aggressive and slip off blocks. Played in a mid-major conference. Shoulder surgery in 2008 warrants further examination. May have language barriers — moved from American Samoa and is still learning English as a second language.

The way we see it: A big-boned, power player who makes it look easy, Iupati jumps off the screen and should dominate as a road-grading left guard for the next 10 years, with terrific arm length and athletic ability to play left or right tackle.

 

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