|by Drew Boylhart SR Staff Writer February 2005||Sione Pouha DT Utah|
Sione has good size and natural strength for his position. He handles the double team very well and has decent lateral movement. He is a 2-gap run stuffing DT and he does a very good job of doing that. He has good feet and balance and does a good job of avoiding the cut block by the center and guard. Sione’s job is to control the line of scrimmage and he does it very well.
Needs to Improve
His lack of change of direction abilities makes it difficult for him to rush the passer effectively, but he does have good straight-line speed and burst off the line and will flush the QB out of the pocket.
Talent Board Round 2 Sione should be a solid 2-gap DT. What you see is what you get with him. He should become a core player and a well-liked player of your defense. He shows some leadership qualities and will do all the grunt work that is required for a team to have a successful defense. Players like Sione for years have been 2nd day picks. That is, until the last few drafts where this type of player has been picked in the 3rd round. I suspect that before it is all said and done, Sione will sneak into the third round also. He is too valuable a player to wait too long.