According to NBC Sports/Rotoworld’s draft analyst, Josh Norris, the Denver Broncos are having a pre-draft visit with UConn defensive lineman, Foley Fatukasi.
Fatukasi is a 6’4”, 318lb defensive lineman who figures to be a day two selection during next weeks 2018 NFL Draft.
He played four years at the University of Connecticut and put up some solid numbers during that time. During his four-year career, Fatukasi totaled 170 tackles, 21 tackles for a loss, 14 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles. This past year for the Huskies defense, Fatukasi totaled 45 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss, and 4 sacks.
Here is what NFL Draft Scout’s Dane Brugler had to say about Fatukasi in his annual draft guide.
SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Connecticut, Fatukasi served as the nose tackle in the Huskies’ three-man front, also lining up at three-technique and five technique in subpackages. His stat sheet won’t turn any heads, but the tape is a different story, shutting down interior run lanes with his mix of power and quickness. Despite pad level issues, Fatukasi is tough to move due to his violent hands to stack/shed the point of attack. His ability to see through blockers and quickly find the ballcarrier allows him to control multiple gaps. Overall, Fatukasi is rough around the edges, but he has the stubborn power to reset the line of scrimmage and the vision/hands to two-gap, projecting as a scheme-diverse NFL starter as a nose tackle (4-3) or five-technique end (3-4).
Fatukasi has been a late riser and has been making multiple trips to visit interested NFL teams throughout the draft process. He’s an intriguing prospect who has plenty of power to his game. He was a versatile starter at UConn and is an intriguing blend of raw but already talented. His best football is ahead, especially if he is paired with a talented defensive line coach.
The Broncos could be in the market for defensive line depth with Adam Gotsis’s legal issues being out there. Fatukasi would give the Broncos another powerful run defender to go with their already stout unit against the run.
If he is there in the early third round I could see Bill Kollar scaring everyone into pulling the trigger for his new pet project.