One of the most buzzed about players during Senior Bowl week thus far is a 325-pound interior lineman. Idaho’s Mike Iupati must be doing something right to get so much attention at an oft-overlooked position.
A sample of the love being thrown his way:
Former Ravens/Browns scout Daniel Jeremiah: [Iuputi is the] most likely Pro Bowler if you took a poll of scouts at Senior Bowl. Rare size, strength and quickness. Sticks out like a sore thumb.”
Greg A. Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: “[The Packers] were very, very high on Idaho G Mike Iupati, maybe even a good possibility when they pick at No. 23. But he
won’t. If people overlooked Iupati before this week, they haven’t now . . . He’s a darn good player and
is screaming up draft boards. 35-inch arms don’t hurt.”
ESPN.com: Iuputi has confirmed his spot as the best guard in the draft.
60 Minutes did a fantastic piece on football in American Samoa a few weeks back. Iuputi, who moved to the United States when he was 14, will be the latest to carry on the tiny island’s proud tradition.
Here’s the video if you missed it. (And have a lot of time to kill.)