With the No. 164 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select ... TCU offensive lineman Halapoulivaati Vaitai. That's pronounced HAL-uh-POO-lih-VAH-tee VIE-tie. His nickname is "Big V." (You're welcome.)
Vaitai measures in at 6-6, 320 pounds. He started 30 games over the past three years for TCU. He played 13 games at right tackle in 2014 before moving over to left tackle in 2015. Mike Mayock identified Vaitai as an offensive lineman the Eagles should be interested in this year.
The Eagles hadn't drafted an offensive lineman since 2013 and now they've selected two blockers in this year's draft alone. Philadelphia's third round pick, Isaac Seumalo, will likely compete for a starting job at guard while Vaitai serves as a backup at tackle. In an ideal world, the Eagles will have Vaitai take over at right tackle in the future when Lane Johnson eventually replaces Jason Peters at left tackle.
Here's a scouting report on Vaitai via NFL.com.
Strengths - Has played both right and left tackle spots at TCU. Shows decent lateral quickness off the snap on zone runs. Adequate athleticism in space as run blocker. Well-schooled and shows some technical savvy. Looks to land first and with inside hand as pass protector. Keeps head up and chin tucked on most of his pass sets. Able to see twists and games up front and is rarely fooled by them.
Weaknesses - Too stiff-legged and upright after the snap. Can give ground to bull rushers due to high pad level. Very poor hand strength and is inconsistent with arm extension. Lacks strength in hands to latch on and control a rep and allows defenders to break away from him. Very average foot quickness for power step back to challenge inside moves. Doesnt gain enough ground to the edge in shuffle slides and will be beaten around the corner by athletic, NFL rushers.
Bottom Line - Vaitai has been a full-time starter over the last two seasons for a successful TCU squad, but doesnt have the plus athleticism to play left tackle or the hand strength and core power to start on the right side. Despite decent technique and football intelligence, may be too lacking in physical qualities to make the NFL leap.
Eagles remaining needs
Eagles remaining draft picks
1st (2) - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
3rd (79) - Isaac Seumalo, OL, Oregon State
5th (153) - Wendell Smallwood, RB, West Virginia
5th (164) - Halapoulivaati Vaitai, OL, TCU
6th (188) -
7th (233) -
7th (251) -
2016 NFL Draft schedule
Saturday, April 30 - 12 PM EST (Rounds 4-6 - 5 Minutes Per Pick, Round 7 - 4 Minutes Per Pick)
TV schedule: NFL Network and ESPN.