Scouting Report: UCLA's Kai Maiava

Kai Maiava
6-foot-1, 320 lbs.

Run Block

Uses leverage to gain advantage on opponent. Stays low and drives through contact. Has ability and desire to finish off blocks with authority. Productive.

Pass Block

Has quick feet and shows a good short punch to neutralize rushers. Wide base and ability to mirror. Needs to improve his redirect skill as he can get himself in bad position at times. Good awareness to line stunts.

Block LB's

Very good quickness to the second level. Does what it takes to make the block. Will cut down LB's with low blocks and is very productive in this phase.

Not asked to do this much but does show enough quickness to the perimeter and agility to adjust to targets on the move.

Has his head on a swivel and is quick to react to blitzes and line stunts. Smart player with very good react skill.

This is an aggressive and scrappy lineman who plays to the whistle and will bury his opponent if he gets the opportunity. Plays hard for four quarters with very good stamina.


I feel like this guy is an underrated college OC with very good ability and potential to take his game to the NFL level. Though not very tall, he can use leverage to his advantage as well as core strength, which is key to his consistency. Really like the way he finishes his blocks in line as well as go after LB's with aggressiveness and determination. He is a solid 320 pounds and players like this are not easy to handle as they match up well with stocky type nose tackles one-on-one. He is durable, tough and a very good leader, three key traits most successful offensive linemen possess.


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).

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