UCLA offensive lineman Xavier Su’a-Filo was selected by the Houston Texans in the second round of the NFL draft.
Su’a-Filo was selected with the first pick of the second round, the 33rd overall.
Su’a-Filo was the second UCLA player chosen in the draft. Linebacker Anthony Barr was selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the ninth overall pick Thursday.
The 6-foot-4, 307-pound Su’a-Filo had a year of college eligibility remaining but declared for the draft. He started 19 games at left tackle and 21 at left guard for the Bruins.
Su'a-Filo, considered by many experts the best interior offensive lineman in this draft class, should be a Day 1 starter for the Texans, who Thursday made South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney the No. 1 overall pick.
“He’s a dancing bear,” said former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel, who recruited him and coached him during his freshman year. “His feet never stop, and they’re not just moving to move. They’re purposeful. He still has huge upside in terms of his strength potential, but there isn’t a better athlete in the offensive front in this draft.”Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times