Houston Texans select Xavier Su’A-Filo in Round 2


Dec 31, 2013; El Paso, TX, USA; UCLA Bruins guard Xavier Su’A-Filo

The Houston Texans selected Xavier Su’A-Filo to open the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Su’A-Filo, of UCLA, helps the Texans improve an offensive line at the guard position, a position that caused the Texans a lot of problems last season. The Texans allowed over 40 sacks last season.

The Texans passed on Derek Carr, QB from Fresno State at this spot, who is also the younger brother of former No. 1 overall pick by the Texans, David Carr.

In his NFL.com draft profile, it says of Su’A-Filo’s strengths:

"“Quick out of his stance. Effective pass blocker — can bend his knees, extend and mirror in short area. Generates movement in the run game. Can work his hips and maneuver to gain positioning. Good foot athlete. Can pull, trap, combo block and step to the second level. Durable three-year starter. Has played guard and tackle.”"

This pick isn’t flashy, but it helps the Texans continue to build a foundation on the offense before they potentially draft a quarterback.

His NFL.com draft profile also talks about his weaknesses:

"“Lacks ideal length. Missed two years of strength training while serving a LDS mission and has a bad body. Could stand to play with better pop and power in his hands. Bends at the waist, gets overextended and falls off blocks.”"

Check back with the Toro Times for more on Su’A-Filo, the No. 33 overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.

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