Thursday, March 6, 2014
McShay Mock 3.0 reax: Seahawks
By Terry Blount
This is the right man in the right spot. UCLA guard Xavier Su'a-Filo is who ESPN Insider Todd McShay has the Seahawks taking at the end of the first round in McShay's Mock Draft 3.0.
If Su'a-Filo is there when they pick, and he probably will be, this is the player that can help the team the most -- an offensive lineman whose stock is rising after how well he performed in the combine.
Seattle probably needs a tackle more than a guard, depending on what happens with free-agent right tackle Breno Giacomini, but Su'a-Filo is a big man who could come in a start at either guard spot immediately.
At 6-foot-3, 305 pounds, Su'a-Filo, has power-blocking strength, surprising quickness, excellent balance and the ability to shift his position and stay on his block.
He is the first true freshman to start on offense in a season opener for the Bruins. Su'a-Filo went on a two-year Mormon mission after his freshman year before returning to UCLA in 2012.
He started every game in his three seasons with the Bruins, half at left guard and half at left tackle, but he's probably headed for a guard spot in the NFL. Su'a-Filo earned All Pac-12 honors the past two seasons.
If Su'a-Filo still is on the board when the Seahawks pick at the end of Round 1, this is the right man for Seattle.