BIO: First team all-conference choice as a senior after posting tackling numbers of 56/8/4. after 72/7/2 as a junior. Completed 41 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press at the Combine.
POSITIVES: Big, inside thumper that plays with outstanding strength in the middle of the line. Generally quick off the snap, strong and gets a lot of push up the field. Focused on or doubled by opponents yet holds the point. Hard-working, tenacious and quick to locate the ball in run defense.
NEGATIVES: Must improve his hand technique and develop an array of moves to get off blocks. Not light on his feet or nimble. Struggles to stay low and gets tall, which negates his power.
ANALYSIS: A big defender that dominates the opposition, Sopoaga is a forceful tackle that commands double teams and helps free up teammates. Must learn to play with better leverage and knee bend but had an outstanding postseason.