UCLA Red Shirt Senior Joseph Fauria is the best Tight End prospect to hail from Berkeley since Marcedes Lewis. He is a tall, athletic pass catcher, with good bulk and a long wingspan. Being the nephew of former Patriot Tight End Christian Fauria, he was a four star tight end (No. 7 Nationally according to Rivals) who began his collegiate career began at Notre Dame where he had played in three games as a true freshman. He transferred to UCLA after his freshman year. He was a John Mackey semifinalist and All PAC 12 Honorable Mention as a senior. He started 9 games as a senior and participated in 14 collecting 12 receiving touchdowns which are the most at UCLA since JJ Stokes.
6’7″ 257 lbs.
He is a matchup nightmare for linebackers and safeties who was often split out wide in the Bruins offense as a senior. His athleticism flashes as ball carrier where he seems to really turn on the speed and can surprisingly make defenders miss when he has open field. His concentration on tipped balls means a play is never dead and is a nightmare for defenders. This skill is magnified with a superior ability to use his size to box out defenders on slants and in routes. He has very good intelligence and been a impact player for two very different types of offense. His intermediate route running is impressive.
The first thing I notice when watching Fauria run is his upright stance/running style. This changes when he has the ball in his hands but when route running it causes him to be knocked off his route much too much for a man his size. Despite blocking quite a bit in college for a H back and his size, he struggles to anchor and never drives his opponent off the ball. There’s no explosion to his hand punch and gets outside the pads at times and gets called for holding. On occasion he can set the edge but not someone you want going up against the NFL’s better run defenders.
Fauria is projected to go in the middle rounds (3-5) in April’s Draft who has the potential to be a starter down the line if he develops. However, he hasn’t shown the ability to be anything more than a situational matchup problem for linebackers and safeties, especially in the redzone.
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