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Draft Scout Manase Foketi News
04/29/13 - Broncos Sign 15 College Free Agents: Manase Foketi, OL, West Texas A&M,...Foketi possesses good size at 6-foot-5, 320 pounds. He played mostly tackle in college but also has experience at the interior offensive line positions. - DenverBroncos.com
03/08/13 - 2013 West Texas A&M Pro Day: Representatives from 15 NFL teams gathered at West Texas A&Mís pro day, where seven players worked out. Due to windy weather conditions in Canyon, Texas - where West Texas A&M is located - the workout was moved to Amarillo (around 20 miles away) and held inside an indoor soccer facility outfitted with FieldTurf.
Manase Foketi, OT (6-foot-5 1/8, 317 pounds) - Foketi - who was at the NFL Scouting Combine but opted not to run the 40-yard dash - ran the 40 at his pro day in 5.77 and 5.54 seconds. His short shuttle time was 5.12 seconds. He had a 26 1/2-inch vertical jump and an 8-foot-11 broad jump. He stood on his combine numbers in the three-cone drill (8.11 seconds) and lifts (25 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press). While Foketi played offensive tackle for the Buffs, NFL scouts see him more as a guard in the pros. Because of his size, Foketi could be drafted as high as the seventh round. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/07/13 - 2013 West Texas A&M Pro Day: While Davis' timed drills were most impressive at the Texas Tech workout, it was Manase Foketi's positional drills at West Texas A&M that might help his cause the most. Unlike Davis, Foketi was invited to the combine. He wasn't able to perform there, however, citing a strained calf. A league source on hand for Tuesday's workout relayed 40-yard dash times for the Kansas State transfer which sound like he still was hampered by the injury, as the big man clocked averaged 5.6 seconds on his two attempts.
While the 2012 recipient of the Gene Upshaw Division II Offensive Lineman of the Year was far from explosive during timed drills, he did flash the burst and strength to intrigue as a potential guard convert for clubs using a power-based blocking scheme. An estimated 15 teams were on hand for the West Texas A&M workout. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/23/13 - The first group of offensive linemen have finished running the 40-yard dash and all but two of the athletes participated, each due to recovering from injuries. Foketi transferred to Kansas State after a highly impressive tour at Mt. San Antonio Community College. He started all 13 games at left tackle for the Wildcats in 2010 but missed the 2011 season with a torn Achilles. Rather than return to Kansas State, an issue with the coaching staff pushed him to West Texas A&M where he dominated the lower level competition to earn the Gene Upshaw Division II Offensive Lineman of the Year award. Foketi is talented and therefore warrants Day Three consideration. Teams, however, will want to talk to him about the transfer issues that arose with Kansas State. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/13 - 2013 NFL Combine, Next question: Just like any interview you or may have gone through, the players invited to the combine are there to try and a job. They have to impress their potential employers with intelligence and dedication. Each NFL team is allowed 60 formal player interviews. Each interview can last up to 15 minutes. The topics of conversation can fluctuate wildly from team to team and from player to player. One under-the-radar player who could have full "dance card" is West Texas A&M offensive tackle Manase Foketi.
Foketi signed with Kansas State as a highly regarded JUCO prospect and performed well at this position in 2010. He tore his Achilles tendon two games into the 2011 season and was given a redshirt. Rather than return to the team in 2012, Foketi decided he wanted to transfer for his final season of eligibility.
For reasons that teams will want to explore, the highy respected Bill Snyder and his staff would not allow Foketi to transfer to another FBS program. Foketi wound up transferring to the Buffaloes where the talented 6-5, 333-pound left tackle, not surprisingly dominated. He was named one of three finalists for the Gene Washington Division II Offensive Lineman of the Year Award. His play caught the attention of the East-West Shrine Game talent scouts. After agreeing to play (and being measured in preparation to practice), he apparently sufferered an undisclosed injury early in the week and left. As such, teams will have plenty of questions for him. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com