vs Ohio State, @ Purdue
Huge frame and brings the power that comes along with it. Is a plus blocker in the rung game, being able to fit into a zone or gap power scheme with minimal deficiencies for the other. Can survive in the pass game simply off of his length and boasts tremendous upside once the game starts to come to him quicker on the mental side.
Limited agility makes it difficult to scheme him any blocks on the move such as pulls or reaches. Struggles in true pass sets as he has limited experiences in them. Hand placement and defending against inside moves are primary concerns in pass protection. Doesn't play as physical or nasty as you would want from someone of his stature. Green as hell in terms of processing, needs to get that up to a baseline level before he can see an NFL field.
Faalele projects best as a backup project tackle for a zone or a gap scheme. He has the upside to grow into a reliable tackle player due to his size and his rawness in terms of the game. Has only played the sport for a total of 4 seasons, so he shouldn't be called upon to start for a team outside of injury purposes until around year 3 unless significant development happens quicker than expected.
Massive, thick frame. His athleticism is solid when you account for size, but its marginal by league averages. His best attributes in this area are play strength and balance. He has really good balance and foot quickness at his size. Unfortunately he is going to have to use that frame to make up for the nautral limitations in lateral agility, explosiveness, and flexibility in how he wins.
Movement off L.O.S.
Pull & Block Outside
Adjust in Space
Use of Hands
Big Play Ability
His massive body allows him to blow defenders off the ball with ease. His hands are strong and damn near inescapable, when he latches on with good placement you're done. He could still be more consistent in this area, but it's not a major concern in in-line blocks. He should not be used in move block situations, cutoff blocks on the backside of zone, reach blocks on wider techniques, pulls on pin and pulls will not be his forte in the NFL. His height makes it naturally a struggle to use his hips to cut off defenders, let him crash and push block in zones. Processing and play speed limitations limit his abilty in space.
He is quick out of his sets for his size, although he didn't take many tradditional pass sets by design in Minnesota's offense. His lateral agility is marginal, but when combined with his length he makes it hard on outside rushes to get around him in a timely manner. Good luck with a bull rush, his anchor is what you would expect from a 390 pound man. His mirror ability is stressed when he has to deal with inside counters. His hands are a mess in pass pro and he gets swiped more often than someone of his length should, which helps lead to those inside counter losses.
Ability to Combat Inside Move
Isn't as much of a mauler as you would want to see from someone of his size. Actually plays surprisingly timid, doesn't block with that fierceness and fire. He isn't soft by any means, has only missed two games in his career. Conditioning will be an issue forever simply because of how large he is, he has done great thus far managing his weight since getting to Minnesota but will need to keep that up tenfold at the next level.
Is super raw in terms of football IQ, he will need a lot of coaching and reps in the league in order to grow in this area. Can only be a tackle in the league, and probably only a RT, he has only played on that side in college.