The skinny on Sape

The Bills selected 6'2", 297-pound Utah tackle Lauvale Sape with their sixth-round choice (14th pick, 187th overall). Sape, a native of Wahiawa, Hi., is a smallish defensive tackle and might project better as an end, but the Bills want him as an inside pass-rushing presence.

Defensive tackle coach Tim Krumrie said, "He's the kind of player I want. He'll be an interior lineman. He's a penetrator."

Sape had one sack, five QB pressures and four tackles for losses his senior year. He made 23 tackles.

From the MySportsDaily 2003 Guide compiled by Frank Cooney:


Positives … Has good lateral agility and explosion off the snap … Shows body control and strength with the ability to stack at the point of attack and split double teams … Has the vision to recognize the plays developing … Uses his hands well to shed and has the lateral quickness to flatten the quarterback … Solid hit-and-wrap tackler with effective swim, spin and rip moves to get a good push upfield on the pass rush … Plays well working in-line, playing with leverage … Has the ability to get into the backfield and disrupt plays.

Negatives … Flashes good quickness in the short area, but lacks top-end speed … Needs reps to learn the plays, but is coachable … His only problem with the coaches was they had to stay on him to rehabilitate, as he's had a series of nagging minor injuries throughout his career … While he is a good wrap-up tackler, he tends to lunge and dive to make the plays working in space … Needs to be pushed to work in the weight room, but has increased his bench press 20 pounds in the last six months … At times, he will get locked on to the blocker and struggle to disengage.

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