Draft Capsule: TE Joseph Fauria

Draft Capsule: TE Joseph Fauria
April 16, 2013, 9:15 pm
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By John Paschall

CSNChicago.com 

Joseph Fauria (TE), UCLA

6-7 | 259 lbs

2012 Stats:

46 REC, 637 YDS, 12 TDs 

Projection:

5th-6th round

Strengths:

Big target to throw to. Big hands and long arms. Athletic for a guy his size. Good short area quickness. Becomes tremendous mismatch in the red zone for defenses. Not afraid to make tough catches over the middle. Best used in short to intermediate routes.

Weaknesses:

Struggles to hold blocks at point of attack. Needs to improve technique and be more physical when blocking. Does not flash much after-the-catch ability.

Fit for Bears:

The addition of Martellus Bennett won't stop Phil Emery and company into looking to add depth to the tight end position somewhere in the draft. If they skip over that position early, Fauria could be a target in the 6th round. He would be a monstrous red zone option to go along with Brandon Marshall. The only concern would be Fauria's blocking ability. Usually, back up tight ends are solid blockers but that's not the case with the UCLA product. He would need to work on his technique in training camp in order to see the field in 2013.   

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