As part of our coverage leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of 200 prospects, including what the scouts around the league are saying and video interviews with each player.
Alani Fua (OLB), BYU
6’5” | 238 lbs.
42 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 4 sacks, 2 INT, 1 FF
What scouts are saying:
"Angular outside linebacker prospect with impressive burst off the snap. He's in need of more bulk before he can be counted on to take on NFL run blockers. Fua could post impressive numbers at the NFL Scouting Combine, and he is a wild card who can be moved around the field by a creative defensive coordinator, but he still needs time to grow into his tall frame and become a more polished pass rusher." - Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
"Extremely versatile and often moved around the field in a single game. Rushed passer from the slot, A- gap and outside linebacker spot. Fluid in space. Frequently covered slot receivers. Good awareness in zone coverage. Zeroes in on target and tackles with consistency. Long rusher with burst off snap and acceleration to close. Takes a tight track to quarterback as rusher, playing with lean and leverage to squeeze the pocket. Can slip blocks, but generally leveraged his gap against run." - Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
Fit for the Bears:
The Bears have added depth at outside linebacker by moving 4-3 defensive ends like Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston and Willie Young back and signing free agents such as Pernell McPhee and Sam Acho. Fua would provide some youth and flexibility for Vic Fangio with his new defense. If the Bears go with a pass-rushing outside linebacker early in the draft, however, don't expect Fua to come to Chicago because of the number of linebackers the Bears have already accumulated.