2010 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Mike Iupati



Strengths:
  • Massive frame
  • Excellent strength and bulk; carries weight well
  • Good speed and athleticism for size
  • Nasty, blue-collar demeanor
  • Great hand punch
  • Finishes blocks
  • Anchors against bull rush
  • Tough
  • Wins 1v1 battles in phone booth
  • Fluid when asked to pull/trap
  • Good but not great agility
  • Focused; doesn't take many plays off
  • At times will flash dominance
  • Good upside



    Weaknesses:
  • Somewhat raw prospect
  • Inconsistent when sealing off angles
  • Needs to play with wider base
  • Sometimes late to react on stunt/blitz pickups
  • Will be exposed against quicker DTs
  • Needs more coaching up with hand use
  • Footwork tends to get sloppy
  • Plays against poor competition

    Summary: Iupati has some clear upside, but there is no doubt he might not be ready to start from Day One and might not find his way into a starting lineup until the midpoint of his rookie season. A lot of Iupati's mistakes are correctable, but do you really want to spend a second-round pick on an unpolished guard? Teams such as Minnesota, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Miami and Cincinnati will likely have him rated highly on their board. I am not sold that Iupati can play left or right tackle in the pros, and I need a closer look at him (Senior Bowl). Iupati is a projected second-round pick.

    Player Comparison: Davin Joseph. Joseph is a mauling guard with inconsistent pass protection.



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