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Mike Iupati
NFL Draft Scouting Report

Guard

Idaho


College Position: Guard
School: Idaho
Grade: Senior
Height: 6-5
Weight: 325
Birthdate: 05-12-1987
Draft Projection: Late First
Overall Rank: 24
NFL Draft Position (Rank): Guard (1)

Draft Result

Drafted in the 2010 Draft by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1st round with the #17 pick.
After using the 11th pick on Anthony Davis, the Niners add even more talent to their offensive line with guard Mike Iupati. Iupati is a powerful run blocker with a mean streak who will likely start immediately at left guard next to Joe Staley. Don't expect the Niners to run a zone blocking scheme with powerful guards Iupati and Chilo Rachal. The Niners spent the first half of last season trying to play smash mouth football and became a spread offense out of necessity due to spotty line play. Expect Alex Smith to play more under center in 2010 with an improved offensive line that can maul you in the ground game and let him set his feet in the pocket.

Strengths

  • Top guard prospect in the draft
  • Three year starter at Idaho, all as a left guard
  • Nasty run blocker. Dominates at the point of attack.
  • Good initial punch as a run blocker. Locks on to defenders and finishes blocks
  • Physical speciman - big, powerful athletic build. Massive arms and legs
  • Sets up quickly
  • Great footwork in pass protectcion
  • Tremendous week at the Senior Bowl - Best O-lineman on either team
              

Weaknesses

  • Hard to believe a player with his size and footwork spent his entire college career as a guard
  • Dominant run blocker but still improving in pass protection
  • Occassionally struggles locating linebackers in space
  • Relies too much on strength. Must take better angles against linebackers and faster defensive linemen
  • Needs to use his hands better in pass protection

News

Offensive Linemen Primer - Jan 25 (Jared Counterman)
2011 NFL Draft Pick Analysis: Which Positions Provide the Best Value - Mar 17 (Fran Duffy)
NFL Draft Slot Analysis: Do First Round Draft Slots Matter - Mar 13 (Fran Duffy)
2010 Pre-Season All Offensive Rookie Team - Aug 4 (Dan Wernery)
2010 NFL Draft: PRE-Pre-Season All_Rookie Team - Offense - May 15 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft Grades: NFC West - May 10 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: Day One Winners, Losers and More - Apr 22 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: Raul Colon's Mock Draft - Final Edition - Apr 21 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: 10 Can't-Miss Prospects - Apr 17 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: Dan Wernery Plays GM for NFC Teams - Apr 15 (Dan Wernery)
2010 NFL Draft: Dan Wernery Plays GM for AFC Teams - Apr 6 (Dan Wernery)
2010 Intersite NFL Mock Draft - Mar 16 (Chris Maier)
Bengals Sign WR Antonio Bryant: The Draft Effect - Mar 12 (Chris Maier)
Raul Colon's 2010 NFL Mock Draft - Post Combine - Mar 7 (Raul Colon)
2010 NFL Scouting Combine: Who and What To Watch - Feb 22 (Chris Maier)
2010 Senior Bowl Preview: Who and What To Watch - Jan 25 (Chris Maier)
2009-10 Bowl Game Preview: Humanitarian Bowl - Dec 28 (Dan Wernery)
2010 Post-Thanksgiving Mock Draft - Two Rounds - Nov 28 (Chris Maier)

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