Fua Could Finish Youth Movement on D-Line

The youth movement on San Diego's defensive line is underway. Vaughn Martin and Cam Thomas are already in place and more talent will be added via the NFL Draft. One candidate is Sione Fua, who starred in Stanford's three-man front. The stout big man talks to SDBoltReport.com's Michael Lombardo about his quest to make plays on Sundays.

While most draft prospects will spend the next two months selling themselves to NFL scouts, Stanford DT Sione Fua prefers to let his film do the talking.

A four-year contributor and two-year starter, Fua finished his career with 80 tackles and nine sacks, including 4.5 as a senior. He was named second team All-Pac 10 as a senior and honorable mention as a junior.

"I can help my draft stock, not really hurt it," said Fua of the pre-draft process. "I've excelled on the field. If I just keep doing my thing I will be OK."


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Fua (6-foot-2, 307 pounds) has outstanding size for an interior defensive lineman. He also has experience in a variety of fronts, boosting his value all the more.

"I've talked to a lot of teams that run the 4-3 and 3-4," he said. "I've played in both schemes in my college career. I've played the nose in the 3-4 and played nose and defensive tackle in a 4-3. I've played in a lot of different schemes and used a lot of techniques, so I think I can fit in with any defensive scheme."

Fua's experience makes him one of the more NFL-ready prospects in the draft. He plays with leverage and tenacity, staying on his feet and skillfully moving up and down the line.

He does not make a ton of flashy plays, but his discipline and technique allow him to free up linebackers to make plays behind him.

"I'm a good run defender," he said. "I'm good with my hands, I have a good motor and I can push the pocket."

Fua is an ascending talent who is still working to improve his game. He is currently training at Athlete's Performance in Los Angeles, working out alongside fellow draft prospects Mason Foster, Greg Salas and Courtney Smith, among others.

It's not about where Fua is, but where he hopes to be. He has modeled his game after some of the NFL's top talents and hopes to reach that plateau in the near future.

"Definitely as a defensive tackle I always watched Warren Sapp. He's a great player to watch," Fua said. "Recently, I like watching Kelly Gregg, the nose tackle for the Baltimore Ravens. With [former Stanford defensive coordinator] Vic Fangio coming from the Ravens we have a lot of Ravens film, so I watch how he plays. He has a great motor, he's strong, he's stout. So I watch his tape and try to pick up little tidbits here and there."

Fua is a projected middle-round draft pick.



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Michael Lombardo is a member of Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His work has been published by NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports.


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