Positive: Strong, run-defending lineman who is best in a small area. Plays with good pad level, fires off the snap with a nice first step, and keeps his feet driving up the field. Displays power, tough to move off the point, and bulrushes opponents from the action. Works hard to make plays and constantly doubled in the middle of the line.
Negative: Straight-line defender who lacks a burst. Must develop more moves with his hands. Has marginal pass rushing skills.
Analysis: Siliga been a solid player the past two seasons at Utah and has the ability to occupy blockers up front. He lacks classic size for the NFL space eater has limited growth potential but could be a reserve in the middle of a four-man line."
2009-Honorable mention All-MWC ... played in all 13 games with nine starts at tackle ... 49 tackles was the most by a Ute underclassman and ranked fifth overall ... 6.5 tackles for loss and one sack ... also had four pass breakups ... career-high 11 tackles (one TFL) vs. Air Force ... nine tackles at TCU with a pass breakup ... outstanding in Utah's win over Cal in the Poinsettia Bowl when he recorded six tackles, including a six-yard sack ... six tackles with 2.0 TFL vs. UNLV ... two pass breakups against Colorado State.
2008-Played in 12 games as a member of the regular rotation on the line ... seven total tackles included an assisted TFL ... two-tackle games against Weber State, Wyoming and Colorado State.
HIGH SCHOOL: All-state and all-conference ... lettered four years in football at Copper Hills High (Utah) ... 2007 state power lifting champion ... No. 25 ranked prep defensive tackle in the nation according to scout.com.
PERSONAL: Son of Siala and Sinatala Siliga ... has 10 siblings (five brothers and five sisters) ... has not declared a major ... full name is Tupaimoefitpo Siliga and nickname is Sealver ... name is pronounced silver see-linga ... born Feb. 15, 1990.
Strengths: Very strong player who is a former high school powerlifting champion. Can be dominant at the LOS because of his strength. Tosses linemen like rag dolls at times. His effectiveness shows up in ways other than in the stat book. Good initial quickness off the snap for a guy his size. Can penetrate into the backfield with his quickness. Plays in the opponent's backfield, as he has the strength to drive linemen into the backfield, and disrupt plays with his strength. Comes up big on key downs as he has the knack to blow up running plays in the backfield, disrupting pullers often to cause a pile. Great use of his hands, as he sheds blocks easily and rarely ends up on the ground versus cut blocks. Good awareness to locate the ball and has good enough range to make plays in pursuit. Has the ability to push the pocket with his strength on a bull rush and an effective arm over move.
Weaknesses: Plays with inconsistent leverage and pad level. Too high at times which allows double teams to drive him off the ball. He also dives at linemen's feet, taking himself out of the play. Needs work to improve as a pass rusher, developing multiple moves. For a guy with his ability, he's had limited production.
Projection: Fourth or fifth round. About the only thing that seperates him from the top defensive tackle prospects in this draft is production. He has the abilities to become a good starter at the NFL level."