By: Steve Johnson
Leki Fotu, IDL, Utah
6’5 3/8″ 330 lbs
34 2/8″ arms. 10 5/8″ hands. 78 7/8″ wingspan.
5.15 40 DNP″ Vert. DNP″ Broad Jump. 21 Bench Reps.
DNP 3 Cone Drill DNP 20 yard Shuttle
2016: 5 game. 1 tackle
2017: 13 games. 22 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 FF, 1 pass break up
2018: 14 games. 34 tackles, 7 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 1 FF
2019: 13 games. 25 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks, 1 FF, 2 pass break ups
Accolades: 2018 First-team All-Pac 12, 2019 First-team All-Pac 12
History: Three-star recruit from West Valley City, Utah. Won a 5A State Title at Herriman High School, as a Senior in 2015. Did not play football as a Junior. Prior to Herriman HS, he attended San Leandro HS. Also played rugby and basketball in HS. Played Rugby for the USA Rugby Boys High School All-American team, and trained with the London Wasps’ rugby team in 2013. Family is originally from Tonga.
Strengths: Huge body that is well built, with long arms. Solid athlete for his size. Stout and really difficult to move. Long arms help him stay clean. Demands double teams on inside runs. Tackle radius is a plus, he’s long, but also brings really great strength as a tackler. Once he gets his mitts on you, you’re not getting away. Brings some pop some when he gets home. Good motor, stays active, working his way down the LOS. Good character.
Weaknesses: Lack of pass rush (only 4 career sacks). Lacks a sense of urgency/plan as a pass rusher. Potential medical issue (was red-flagged at the Senior Bowl).
Overview: Fotu brings more juice than a typical 0 or 1 technique. He’s not an every down player at this point, but has some upside to be. He eats up a lot of space and requires two man attention on the run game. His motor will get him rotational snaps early on in his career.
Evaluation based on games. ORE 19′, USC 19′
Draft Projection: Early-Mid Day 3
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 5.43
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