Scouting Report: Mike Iupati

Written by Rob Engle on April 21, 2010

Mike Iupati

Position: OG School: Idaho
Height: 6’5 1/8 Weight: 331 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 5.30

Overall Grade:


Draft Projection:

1st Round

Non-position specific categories


Max. Value


Height/Weight 6 6
Speed 8 5
Quickness/Agility 10 6
Strength/Explosion 10 10
Athletic Ability 8 5.5
Durability 8 6.5
Character 6 5
Production/Experience 6 5
Toughness 8 8
Potential 10 10

Offensive Lineman Specific Categories


Max. Value


Pass Blocking 10 7.5
Run Blocking 10 10
Awareness 8 7.5
Hand Placement 6 5.5
Pulling/Trapping/Second Level 6 5
Footwork 8 6
Leverage 8 6

Explanation of Player Grading System


Tremendous size. By far the best run blocker in the draft. Incredible upper body strength. Can really dominate at times. Gets a good push in the run game and really moves people. Has a mean streak like no other lineman in the draft. Very wide base. More athletic than you would expect and can turn his hips quickly and pull to the second level.


Pass blocking is good, until he faces smaller, quicker lineman (like Geno Atkins, DT Georgia) at the senior bowl. Gets a solid push, but doesn’t get many pancake blocks. Does a lot of grabbing that will get called in the NFL – needs to keep his elbows in and aim for the chest. Feet are very heavy and he plays on his heels at times. May not be mentally tough. Lower body strength may need work. Doesn’t play with great leverage. Tries to manhandle everyone and may be in for a rude awakening when he faces players just as strong as he is.


By far the best gourd in the draft, but he doesn’t translate to tackle like some hope he might. He has pro-bowl type athletic ability and strength for a guard, but he won’t reach that status until he stops trying to manhandle people and just block them. Last first round ability – likely to be overdrafted because of his potential.


Began starting during his sophomore season (2007) and has started ever since, except in cases of injury.

Awards and Honors

2009: 1st team All-American. 1st team All-WAC.
2008: 2nd team All-WAC.
2007: n/a
2006: n/a


General studies major at Idaho.


Injured shoulder in last game of 2007 which required offseason surgery. Missed first two games of 2008 due to surgery.

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Rob Engle

Rob Engle scouted privately starting in 2004. Rob participated in an internship with the Baltimore Ravens scouting department and is continuing his professional career by attending Miami University (Ohio) to obtain a degree in Strategic Communication. Rob is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America.

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