Even though the Chargers recently signed Linval Joseph to a two-year deal, the 31-year old is only set for the next two years, meaning the Bolts will need to find a massive run-stuffing presence for when his time in L.A. comes to an end.
Enter Utah’s Leki Fotu, a prospect in this year’s draft that draws similarities to Joseph’s size at 6’5 and 330+ pounds.
I interviewed @Utah_Football DL Leki Fotu (@LekiFotu) for @TheDraftWire. That's a big, bad man. The #Eagles, #Seahawks, #Rams, #Titans, #Broncos, #Chargers & #Cardinals are among the teams showing interest.https://t.co/2360joaF0l#GoUtes | #NFLDraft— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) April 10, 2020
Fotu ran an impressive 5.15 forty at the combine which immediately tells you a good bit about his athleticsm. Unfortunately, aside from the bench press, he didn’t participate in any of the other tests so we are unaware of his strengths or limitations when it comes to his explosiveness or agility. Usually when players decide to skips drills, without an injury, it means they aren’t confident in their abilities at the time and want to showcase them later at their respective pro days.
He’s got a great first step off the line and that’s normally how he gets an advantage on opposing linemen. Most guards and centers don’t expect that from someone of Fotu’s size. If he gets his hands on you first, there’s not much you can do. He’s quick to shed and pursue, even if it means running to the opposite sideline.
As a senior in 2019, Fotu was named to the First-Team All-Pac 12 team for the second year in a row and was a Third-Team AP All-American. He totaled 29 tackles, nine for a loss, and 1.5 sacks in 13 games.