Houston Texans 2014 Training Camp Profile: Xavier Su’a-Filo
With the top pick in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans opted to boost their offensive line by selecting former UCLA stud offensive lineman Xavier Su’a-Filo, who played six games as the Bruins’ left tackle and seven games as the team’s left guard in 2013. Su’a-Filo is entering the league with his best position likely being left guard, where he will be sandwiched between LT Duane Brown and C Chris Myers, which is a perfect spot for a player of Su’a-Filo’s caliber.
Su’a-Filo is a decent athlete for a man his size at 6-foot-4, 307 pounds. His quick feet allow him to mirror pass rushers incredibly well in pass protection and his stocky base allows him to get under defenders in run support. His durability is not an issue as he has been one of the most reliable players for the Bruins during his tenure with the program. Not to mention that the young man is incredibly versatile, which is evident by his ability to play tackle, guard and potentially even center.
Su’a-Filo needs to become a much more consistent blocker by staying with his blocks and blocking his assignment until the whistle. His conditioning also needs some work as he does tend to get worn down as the game goes on, especially while playing the left tackle position, which he won’t have to worry about because of Brown.
Su’a-Filo should and likely will be thrown right into the fire to start from day one. His ability to impact the run game as well as create a nice clean pocket for whomever is playing quarterback for Houston this season will certainly be something the coaching staff will have to think about before they sit him on the bench.
Houston fans should be excited with an offensive line that reads Brown (LT), Su’a-Filo (LG), Myers (C), Brandon Brooks (RG) and Derek Newton (RT).