As the Jan. 15 deadline for college football underclassmen to declare for the 2014 NFL Draft rapidly approaches, more and more players are announcing their intention to forego their final years of eligibility to go pro.
The latest player to announce his decision to head to the NFL is UCLA Bruins offensive lineman Xavier Su’a-Filo.
Su’a-Filo announced his decision on Twitter:
You probably suspected it but I have decided to forego my senior year & make myself available for the 2014 NFL Draft pic.twitter.com/r7uGpN5e8X
— Xavier Su’a-Filo (@XMANEE56) January 4, 2014
The decision from Su’a-Filo likely had to do with his age, but his versatility along the offensive threat will add some extra value to his draft stock.
Su’a-Filo began his career at UCLA as an offensive tackle, before he took a few years off to serve on a mission trip. When he returned to the team, Su’a-Filo alternated between guard and tackle along the Bruins offensive line.
While he has the ability to play multiple positions in the NFL, Su’a-Filo best projects as a guard.