Scouting Report: Oregon's Lavasier Tuinei
Oregon, Wide Receiver
6-foot-5, 215 lbs.
Strong hands, does fight the ball some but is generally reliable. Can make catches away from body. Very good catching range and ability to extend.
Shows good effort to get yards after the catch. Lacks great speed but will fight for the extra yard and doesn't get caught from behind. Is a short strider with good quickness. Can break tackles.
Comes off line of scrimmage hard. Not a real fluid strider but works to separate at the break. Uses body to gain advantage in jump ball situations. Shows instincts and savvy working underneath zones.
Lacks top end deep speed and is used primarily as an underneath receiver. Very good possession type to move chains.
Can win in jump ball situations. Good hand eye coordination. Knows how to adjust to off target throws. Has the body control to make the back shoulder catch in tight coverage.
Outstanding effort in all phases. Is a clutch performer. Will throw key blocks downfield and sustain with 2nd effort. He wants the ball and will fight for it in traffic. Plays with a special teams demeanor.
Very good height for the position. Has the bloodlines of his father; Van Tuinei played four years in the NFL as a DE. This player is tough and hard-nosed with good quickness for a tall receiver. His game is more of a possession zone receiver rather than vertical threat. He has good hands and makes several clutch plays on tape. Doesn't put up the huge numbers but that is more a result of the Ducks' run-oriented attack. He is a selfless player who likes to do the dirty work going across the middle. Good college player who has the ability to be a role player at the next level as a 3rd or 4th WR and special teamer.
Dave Razzano is a former NFL scout with more than 22 years of professional scouting experience with the San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals under NFL coaches Bill Walsh, George Seifert, Chuck Knox and Dick Vermeil. He's been a part of five Super Bowls with three Super Bowl wins (49ers, 1989, 1990; Rams, 2000).