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Mike Iupati -- Can We Afford to Pass Him Up?



The 6'6" 330 lbs Samaon (gotta love Samoans) left guard out of Idaho very well could be available when we make our 29th selection in this year's draft.  Im not much of an evaluator when it comes to offensive lineman, but he has a reputation for being a mauler in the run-game.  He's tremendously athletic despite his gargantuan size (I've always liked that word, "gargantuan") and many predict that he can play tackle at the next level.

Our current left guard, Alan Faneca, will be 34 this year and although he was just recently named to the Pro Bowl, he was invited mostly based upon name recognition.  Our left tackle, Damien Woody will be 33 this year.  These guys are aging, and we've been pretty lucky not to have sustained serious injury along our offensive front.  Keep in mind that we have a QB still in his infancy, an offense heavily predicated on having a strong running game, and the fact that we've gone two years without sustaining any serious injury in our o-line.  Big Mike can fill in at either the tackle or guard position.  And if we can squeeze another good year out of Faneca and Woody, and let the big fella learn his craft and adapt to the system, we could ensure that we have a great o-line for years to come. 

I know its not the sexy pick, but can we really afford to pass on this guy? 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhVxlK5cS8E

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