OT – #78 Minnesota
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
High School: IMG Academy (Melbourne, Austrailia)
HS Rating: 4 star (0.9008)
Phil Steele: PS#44
Daniel Faalele Scouting Report
Below average speed. Not particularly laterally quick. Has a good kick step, but after that it’s hard for Faalele to move. Unworldly upper body strength. Incredible beast. Stout lower body. Gets decent drive. Brute power is just there. Size is such a factor, he’s a monstrosity.
Ridiculously strong anchor. Has a very powerful stance, just flawless. Get’s down low, engages well, has the proper bend and width. Struggles tremendously to recover. Hand placement is generally good, though he struggles to handle rips and spins. Strong hands when he can use them. Hand technique is still pretty raw. Doesn’t have a great counter for almost any inside move. Incredible pass protector. Sets extremely well, has an excellent kick step. Fairly consistent as a pass blocker. Struggled with inside moves.
Lockdown run blocker. Would like to see him work into the second level better and try to lock down run lanes. Typically imposes his will on one man, the end he’s pushing. Fairly consistent as a run blocker. Flashed the ability to effectively seal the edge, I just don’t think he’s quick enough to do it consistently. Minnesota ran a power zone concept, oftentimes using extra linemen and tight ends as part of the blocking concept. What he did should transition well.
What we want to see from Daniel Faalele in Mobile
- We want to see Daniel Faalele have something to counter the inside move. As long as he has something started, we want to see that progress on him repairing his weakness. We should get a good glimpse of that in 1v1’s, and every pass rusher that goes up against him should try their luck with it.
- Faalele needs to keep doing what he’s been doing. As long as he isn’t embarrassed or issues don’t start popping up that haven’t been an issue (at his size, his bend and ability to get low, for example), he should solidify his draft status here.
Pre-Senior Bowl projection
Daniel Faalele is a valuable piece in a zone-scheme offense. He’s not particularly mobile, but a mauler who is a solid pass protector and shows all the traits to be a starter. We think he’s a year-two starter and his ceiling is a perennial pro-bowl player.
We like Faalele as a second/third-round projection in this class. His tools are certainly there and we expect the league to buy into that.