by J.T. Toth
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Today’s Spotlight - Utah, Tackle, Sataoa Laumea
Name- Sataoa Laumea
HT/WT- 6’4” 311 lbs.
Home – Rialto, CA
Sataoa Laumea was a 4-star prospect out of Eisenhower High School in California. He was named the All-CIF Southern Section Division 10 Offensive player of the year in 2018 and was invited to the 2019 Polynesian Bowl. He also starred at defensive tackle in high school, but teams were recruiting him to play tackle, and he committed during his senior season to Utah.
Sataoa Laumea only played in 1 game during his true freshman season and took a redshirt. Laumea was named Pac-12 all-conference 2nd team selection after starting 5 games at right guard during the Covid-19 shortened season.
In 2021, Laumea started 13 games at right guard and played well enough to be named a Pac-12 All-Conference honorable mention. In 2022, he started in all 14 games (1-RG, 13-RT) on an offensive line that only allowed 1.07 sacks per game. He was named a Pac-12 All-Conference first team.
This past season, Laumea started 12 games at right tackle for the Utes and was named a Pac-12 All-Conference second team.
Laumea is an athletic offensive lineman who appears to be lighter on his feet than the average 300 lb. player. He has a nice mix of power and flexibility and can drive defenders on the point of attack. Laumea is a versatile offensive lineman who has the ability to pull and get out in front during sweeps and screens. He has shown that he can play guard or tackle and understand his assignments and role. He excels at combo blocks and as a right tackle, he does an efficient job of sealing down on the edge. One thing that is noticeable on tape is Laumea’s burst off of snaps and how he gets the upper hand early on a defender.
At tackle, he is still a work in progress and he is still learning the position. He struggles against the faster pass rushers who rush from the outside. His footwork can be sloppy and slow at times when dropping back in pass protection. As the game progresses, he appears to get lazy with footwork and struggles with stamina to get to the second level. Until he gets his footwork under control in pass blocking, he will continue to lean and lose balance against the faster pass rushers. Laumea has talent at both guard and tackle but is not what you should consider an instant starter at either.
Sataoa Laumea’s versatility and being quite raw at tackle reminds Draft Nation of undrafted offensive lineman Patrick Mekari. Both players are not your normal offensive tackles in terms of height or weight and both can play all over the offensive line. Mekari has played center, guard and tackle since signing with the Ravens in 2019. Whoever drafts Laumea will have to be patient and give him an opportunity to find his position. At worst, Laumea will be a nice depth piece on an NFL roster.
Sataoa Laumea has the versatility to get him picked over another comparable lineman. He is raw but has a higher ceiling than similarly ranked prospects who are going to still be on the board. The best case scenario is he becomes a starter at either guard or right tackle. Draft Nation thinks that Laumea at least will become a nice depth piece to have backing up multiple positions.
Draft 412 Draft Projection - Round 5 or Round 6