Originally posted by Rsrkshn:
Originally posted by rum53:
A couple of years ago the draft experts were saying that the OG out of USC, Chilo Rachal, could possibly make the transition to RT in the NFL.
Yes. Iupati reminds me a bit of Rachal. He plays mean, which was also an attribute of Chilo. In college that may be enough, but it's tougher in the pros.
Oldninerdude points out that Iupati is slow of foot and plays too upright. I heard Casserly say the same thing. I read somewhere that he is a great run blocker but less adept at pass blocking (anyone reminded of Kwame Harris?). That won't do in a league where the ability to pass is becoming a requirement.
I believe the "slow of foot" charge came because Iupati was seen as reaching during his play at RG during the Senior Bowl. Joe Staley noted recently on ChronicleLive that swithching sides on the offensive lines screws up your muscle memory. Iupati had no trouble during the game when he played his practiced position of LG. In fact, all said he was dominating during Senior Bowl practice at LG.
During the game,you may have seen him blocking downfield at the second or third level from LG. If he is fast enough for that, he's fast enough. To switch sides at the pro level, my guess is that it would take him less than a month of practice to relook his footwork.