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2022 NFL Draft Profile: Daniel Faalele

Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota Golden Gophers, 2022 NFL Draft

A literal mountain of a man, Faalele offers more than just size to a team looking to beef up its offensive line

When it comes to sheer size, no player in the 2022 NFL Draft tips the scales quite like Daniel Faalele, one of the more intriguing offensive line prospects. Faalele, weighed in at 384 pounds at the Scouting Combine, making him the heaviest player to take part since 1999. Plenty of strength comes with that size and he's still relatively new to football in general, so there's plenty of room for growth and development. So while Faalele is somewhat of a developmental prospect, he's literally a large one, which should be more than enough to make him a Day 2 selection.

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Daniel Faalele Draft Profile

College: Minnesota
Class: Sr.
Height: 6'8"
Weight: 380

Strong Points

An Australian import who picked up football late in life — he moved to the U.S. and played just one season of high school football — Faalele is a work in progress but comes with incredible size and movement skills for a near-400-pounder. He’s both massive and massively strong, with the kind of girth and length that allow him some margin for error as a pass protector. He’s an unstoppable force at the point of attack in the run game — opponents consistently end up on the ground. And he’s nimble enough to climb to the second level and continue to clear space.

Weak Points

Faalele does not move naturally in pass protection, where he continues to look raw. His kick-slide is inconsistent, and he often fails to get the necessary depth, leaving him lunging and off-balance against speed, something he’ll see plenty of in the NFL.


The success of Eagles left tackle Jordan Mailata, the Australian rugby player who had never played football before he was drafted, will certainly help Faalele’s case. Faalele isn’t as natural a mover as his countryman, but he’s elite in the power run game and has the tools to become a more refined pass protector.

Final Grade: 2nd/3rd Round

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