Niners take LG Mike Iupati with pick number 17

The Niners stayed with the O-line with the 17th overall pick, as they took Idaho LG Mike Iupati with their second pick of the first round.

Here’s the report on Iupati:

Strengths:
Excellent height and bulk — Huge frame with long arms — Outstanding strength — Physical and aggressive — Superb athlete with good quickness and agility — Mobile with great range — Dominant once locked on — Uses his hands well — Explosive with a violent initial punch — Stout at the point of attack — Gets a terrific push in the run game — Appears to be a natural knee bender — Wide base and nice balance — Has a mean streak and finishes his blocks — Solid instincts and awareness — Intense and Competitive — Hard Worker — Team Leader — Offers positional versatility — Still has considerable upside.

Weaknesses:
Is still raw and learning the game — Footwork and technique will need refinement — Feet aren’t overly nimble — Concentration will lapse at times — Has some trouble in space — Gets caught reaching — Minor communication issues — Did not always play against elite competition.

Notes:
Last name is pronounced “EYE-u-pah-tee” — Was a three-year starter and a team captain for the Vandals — A consensus 1st Team All-American in 2009 — Named 2nd Team All-WAC in 2008 and 1st Team in 2009 — Played both guard and tackle in college and could project to either position at the next level — Younger brother, Andrew, plays defensive tackle for the Oregon Ducks — Didn’t begin playing football until he moved to California from American Samoa when he was 14-years-old — English is his second language, which led to some academic problems and him being lightly recruited by major programs out of high school — Sat out the 2005 season while getting his grades in order — Missed some time with a shoulder injury in 2008, which eventually required off-season surgery — Didn’t allow a single sack as a senior — Fantastic blocker with a rare blend of size and athleticism who hasn’t yet reached his full potential — Legitimate 1st Round talent.

1 Comment on "Niners take LG Mike Iupati with pick number 17"

  1. Based on the report, LG Mike has potentials. However, NFL is a different league and the competition is really intense. Perhaps, working on his weaknesses can help him get along with the challenge.

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