However, isn't the kind of sudden athlete to quickly shed blocks and get after the quarterback. More of a push/pull guy who lacks ideal lateral quickness and doesn't have the kind of first step to consistently threaten gaps inside.
Uses his length and punch well to create separation for himself when run at and can disengage from blocks inside. Sits into his stance well off the ball and into contact and consistently is able to create leverage for himself at the point and anchor with success — even vs. the double inside. Has done a much better job in 2010 locating the football inside, now as a 3-4 nose, and closing gaps on either side of him. Possesses a nice combination of body control and upper body strength when asked to fight his way off blocks inside and make a play on either side of him.
Also, routinely is able to stay on his feet even through contact and isn't often cut down or ends up on the ground. An ideal two-gap tackle who is effective in tighter areas. Lacks ideal range away from his frame and isn't going to routinely make plays sideline-to-sideline, but has a motor that is always running on full and will give you the effort.
Impression: He's thick, powerful, plays with leverage and can really create a jolt on contact. Isn't a dynamic pass rusher, but can win for you inside as a nose on first and second down. An eventual starting caliber 4-3 nose tackle in the NFL."
The new system was a better fit for Fua. After he managed to earn honorable-mention All-Pac-10 as a junior (24 tackles, three for loss, 1.5 sacks), he showed the anchor strength to hold up against double-teams and fires out low enough to gain initial leverage and clog interior running lanes.
Fua was a second-team All-Pac-10 pick as a senior (22 tackles, six for loss, 4.5 sacks). He won't bring much pass-rushing prowess to his new team, but with many clubs installing at least a few "30" front looks, he has the squatty, thick build and excellent lower-body strength makes him worthy of a mid-round selection.
Strengths: Is a thick, stout player who uses his low center of gravity and squatty build to his advantage. Keeps his base down when uncoiling out of his stance and does not allow offensive linemen to leverage him. Extends his arms and generates a violent punch on contact, jarring blockers and quickly getting into position. Strong, powerful bull rusher who jolts the offensive lineman and gets leverage early. Has a low firing point and possesses the leg strength to drive blockers into the backfield. Sits into stance and anchors well against double-teams while maintaining the balance and body control to shed inside blocks. Can clog two gaps, keep his base under him and stay off the ground. Has experience playing the nose in a 3-4 front and the three-technique in a 4-3 front. Plays with a high motor and relentlessly fights to hold his ground.
Weaknesses: Lacks suddenness and is not the type of athlete who will knife through blocks to pressure the passer. Does not run well and struggles to work down the line to make plays away from his frame. Offers very little as a pursuit defender and cannot move quickly enough to track down a passer or runner from the backside. Can be run around and away from and lunges when trying to move laterally. Does not use his hands to beat blockers as a pass rusher and doesn't generate consistent penetration in the middle. Doesn't finish plays once he reaches the backfield and lacks the awareness to locate the football once he's through the line.
Positive: Quick, explosive interior lineman with potential at tackle or on the nose. Explodes off the snap with a terrific first step, quickly gets his hands up, and uses them well to protect himself. Consistently bends his knees, plays with good pad level, and is strong in his lower body. Constantly focused on in the middle of the line but plays with a nasty attitude. Strong, pushes opponents off the ball, and works hard to make positive plays. Fluid moving in every direction of the field and easily changes direction to chase the action.
Negative: Must develop more moves and become quicker disengaging from blocks. Not much of a pass rusher. Marginally productive in college.
Analysis: Fua has displayed consistent progress and is a prospect who can be used at several positions on the defensive line. He's an underrated athlete who will only get better as he physically matures and polishes his game. He possesses the skill and potential to break into a starting lineup at the next level."
Negatives: Lacks any real explosiveness or suddenness... Marginal lateral mobility... Can be slow to locate the ball and can take himself out of plays... Two-down run stuffer... Doesn't really stand out in any one area of play."
Weaknesses: Plays with inconsistent leverage, as he fires out of his stance with high pads occasionally. Gives too much ground on double teams at times. Adequate lateral agility, but he lacks the closing burst to finish off most plays. Struggles to find the ball at times. No other pass rush moves other than a rip or bull rush. Lacks the bulk to play nose tackle at the next level.
Projection: Fifth rounder. Fua will be a good backup player who could develop into an adequate starter. Fits best as a nose tackle for a 4-3 scheme."
Fua is a superb run stuffer and that will be his specialty at the next level. Game after game Fua has been asked to force many of the dynamic running backs in the conference to bounce outside. For the most part, Fua has done a very good job and he has one more big game left to try and boost his stock a little higher than the mid-rounds."
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