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Iupati - big, physical, aggressive -- why not DT?

Posted on: February 25, 2010 3:48 pm

Idaho's Mike Iupati,'s top rated offensive guard for the past several months has the athletic ability and long reach to consider moving outside to tackle.

But, considering his massive frame, strength, aggression and quick feet, doesn't a move to the defensive side of the ball also possible?

"Big Mike" certainly thinks so:

"I really love defense," Iupati said during the interview session at the Combine. "That's my favorite passion of the game of football. I know I'm very physical and can hold up two gaps and take double teams, stuff like that. I always tried to push my [Idaho] coach to make me a defensive player because I know I am pretty good at that. But they like me at offensive line. It's kind of hard in college to play both ways. They did put me on the goal line (defense)."

Despite his passion and obvious physical attributes, Iupati has not been asked by any NFL scouts, thus far, about moving to the defensive side of the ball.

"I guess they think I'm good at guard and don't want to move me," he said.

Iupati is a talented guard prospect and considering his relative inexperience (started playing football in high school), it might be too much to try to switch him to a different position just as he is about to enter the pros. Should he struggle with the greater focus on technique that will be required for success in the NFL, however, a switch to the defensive side of the ball is a potential option to consider.
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