What others are saying: Timpview alum Xavier Su'a-Filo could go in the first round of the NFL draft
Sports Illustrated NFL expert Chris Burke wrote that Su’a-Filo “jumped to the top of the guard rankings, thanks to a stellar (junior) season and impressive work at the combine. He should only get stronger once he lands in an NFL weight program, so there is very little on paper holding him back from becoming an upper-echelon guard in the NFL.” Burke added that Su’a-Filo is versatile enough to play in any scheme, writing that he “should be on just about every (team’s) draft board.”
Burke lists Su’a-Filo as his 27th-best prospect in the draft.
Much like CBS Sports’ Rob Rang, Walter Cherepinsky of walterfootball.com has Su’a-Filo going 23rd overall to Kansas City. “The Chiefs would like to select a guard, but they can probably do so after trading down right guard is a huge hole,” Cherepinsky writes.
Yahoo’s Eric Edholm wrote that Su’a-Filo is “quick, active, powerful and smart and has acquitted himself much better inside than out. Su'a-Filo can project to both man- and zone-blocking schemes and has good quickness out of his stance and a punch to stun defensive linemen. Although he labors a bit and isn't the prettiest girl at the dance, Su'a-Filo often gets the job done and he has acquitted himself well, per sources, in team meetings.”
Edholm, who lists Su’a-Filo as his 24th-best prospect, compared him to Tennessee Titans lineman Andy Levitre, adding that Su’a-Filo best projects as a late first-round pick.