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2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Kingsley Suamataia (OT – BYU)

2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Kingsley Suamataia (OT – BYU)

With being more than halfway through the College Football season, FantasyPros will be taking a look at early NFL Draft scouting reports before the Combine in March. Here’s a look at Kingsley Suamataia.

2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Kingsley Suamataia (OT – BYU)

Kingsley Suamataia (OT – BYU)

6-foot-6 | 315 pounds

Background:

Five-star recruit who originally attended Oregon, where he redshirted in 2021 before transferring. Immediately took over as BYU’s starting right tackle in 2022 (12 starts), being penalized six times but not allowing a sack all year. Flipped over to the left side for the 2023 season, replacing Blake Freeland.

Positives:

Thickly-built offensive tackle with experience starting at both tackle spots. Plays with the nastiness teams look for in a lineman; looks to finish opponents. Has a lot of power in his hands to jolt opponents on contact and fires them out aggressively; explosiveness here is probably his most impressive trait as a player. Able to churn his legs and move defenders out of the hole in the run game. Plays in a predominantly zone-based scheme and has been asked to execute a lot of blocks on the move; short-area quickness is good enough to climb or work in space and successfully line up opponents.

Knows how to obstruct opponents with his body when working in congestion. Comfortable working passing plays that move the pocket. Very flexible and nimble for his size, with the lateral agility to work against quicker defensive ends in pass protection. Fires out his punch and works hard to reset when hand-fighting; good extension to lock out opponents.

Negatives:

Overall snap-to-snap consistency isn’t where it needs to be. Has balance issues which crop up relatively frequently on tape, tending to play hunched and lower his head into contact too often, leading to whiffs. Could play with more patience, staying within his frame and waiting for defenders to come to him. More of a repeated shover than someone who’s going to lock onto opponents and control them through the whistle. Some of his kickslides don’t get as much depth as you’d like. Would like to see him keep his back straighter in pass sets.

Summary:

This is a deep year for offensive tackles, but is probably one of the rarer athletes in the class (ranking third on Bruce Feldman’s freaks list this year) and has experience at both tackle spots for a respected program. Clearly has the athleticism to protect the edge in the passing game and play in space on zone runs, although it too often looked like he was winning because of his superior talent rather than his technique. A redshirt sophomore, he’s still very young, so well-coached teams that can afford to iron out his flaws should be very interested in seeing what kind of player he can become.

Grade: Round 1-2

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