Minnesota offensive lineman Daniel Faalele measured at 6-foot-8, 384 pounds at Combine

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Minnesota offensive lineman Daniel Faalele is enormous.

Faalele was measured at 6-foot-8 and 384 pounds at the Scouting Combine.

The NFL says he’s 15 pounds heavier than any player who has gone to the Combine in the last 20 years. If he makes an NFL roster, he’s slated to be the biggest player in the NFL next year.

Faalele grew up in Australia and played basketball and rugby as a kid. When a University of Hawaii football coach got a look at Faalele, he advised him to consider American football, and Faalele eventually went to IMG Academy in Florida to play high school ball before enrolling at Minnesota. Faalele had a good career as an offensive tackle at Minnesota and even scored a touchdown in Minnesota’s bowl game in December.

16 responses to “Minnesota offensive lineman Daniel Faalele measured at 6-foot-8, 384 pounds at Combine

  1. Can someone who saw him at Minnesota explain why he only had a “good” career?

    Was being too “big” a problem against smaller, faster rushers? Or was it more of a matter of still learning the game since he started late?

  2. When I was 12, I used to think it was really cool to have a man this big on your team. Now I just think about what kind of condition the poor guy’s joints are going to be in after a few years in the NFL.

  3. 84moon says:
    March 4, 2022 at 5:18 pm
    When I was 12, I used to think it was really cool to have a man this big on your team. Now I just think about what kind of condition the poor guy’s joints are going to be in after a few years in the NFL.

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    Shaq ONeil! Bigger man, not as much contact, but a lot of stress of the knees from running and jumping on wood. It depends on how he is built.

  4. akira0724 says:
    March 4, 2022 at 4:24 pm

    Can someone who saw him at Minnesota explain why he only had a “good” career?

    Was being too “big” a problem against smaller, faster rushers? Or was it more of a matter of still learning the game since he started late?
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    Combination of both. He’s not technically great but getting some NFL coaching will really help with his technique. He actually moves pretty well on his feet for a guy his size but you can only be so quick. I think PFF ranked Minnesota’s offensive line as the best or one of the best in the nation so he was good. He’s projected as a Day 2 pick right now but he won’t be going to a zone-blocking team.

  5. Does it translate to success at this level? It sure will be fascinating to find out – also I imagine you’d have to have a taller QB

  6. He may need to put on a few pounds. He’ll get pushed around easily at that light weight.

  7. There are a couple reasons he was only “good” up here in MN: (1) mostly because he didn’t play football till his senior year in HS; (2) when he came to MN he actually had to get in shape — he lost over 30 pounds his freshman year; and (3) like all real big guys, flexibility, mobility and footwork are an issue, particularly exacerbated given his lack of experience.

  8. Can someone who saw him at Minnesota explain why he only had a “good” career?

    Was being too “big” a problem against smaller, faster rushers? Or was it more of a matter of still learning the game since he started late?
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    He needs to further develop as he has only played 4 years of football. He needs to work on technique as he quite often had problems dealing with speed on the edge. A lot of upside.

  9. Drat it happened again folks as our so frustrated QB keeps dropping back n releases a beautifully thrown ball to a wide open guy who was gonna take it in for a score … but once again as its happening so often its becoming a bore … dude is so big the QB keeps hitting this guy in the head … thus one more time a great play falls incomplete.

  10. Imagine him at DT!! Stuffing his gap, throwing hands up blocking throwing lanes. Or at FB on 3 and 1. He could just fall forward for 6 yrds.

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