Vi Teofilo is a former guard for the Arizona State Sun Devils and a mountain of a man. The youngster is 6-foot-3 and 305 pounds of solid mass. Opposing defenses will have their hands full trying to get through him.
He is as resilient as they come, considering that he powered his way through a torn ACL sustained in the Sun Bowl as the Sun Devils went up against the Blue Devils in a tight game which Arizona State eventually won 36-31. Teofilo underwent offseason surgery and rehabbed his way back on the field for the 2015 collegiate season opener against Texas A & M.
Teofilo’s signing adds depth to an offensive line that has seen more bodies down than up the last couple of seasons. Between 2012 up until his final game at Arizona State in 2015, the young lineman logged 40 straight starts at right guard. Amazing!
According to his ASU biography, he was also a four-year letter winner, a two-time All-PAC-12 Honorable Mention and a nominee for the Morris Trophy. That is an honor which is annually awarded to both the top offensive lineman and the top defensive lineman of the PAC-12 Conference. The Morris Trophy is distinctive in that the winners are chosen by fellow conference players. This year’s victors were DeForest Buckner (Oregon) on defense and Joshua Garnett (Stanford) on offense. Past winning vote-getters were Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata and Tedy Bruschi, to name a few.
This Chargers’ rookie is known for being a very tough, hardworking individual; competitive and intelligent. He is also extremely strong, having compiled 43 reps on the bench press at his ASU Pro Day. Stephen Paea (49 in 2011) and Dontari Poe (44 in 2012) have more. Yet, the highest ever recorded are the 51 by Justin Ernest in 1999.
It appears to me that Teofilo has brought his fierceness and strong work ethic to the next level. He can handle adversity as evidenced by playing through injury in one of the most important games of his college career, much like the guy he will be protecting once did (remember the 2008 AFC Championship game against the Patriots?).
All in all, it is going to be exciting to watch this young man in action!
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Let’s face it, the Chargers secondary is still a work in progress. Yes, Tom Telesco drafted stud cornerback Jason Verrett last year and quickly swooped up veteran Brandon Flowers after being released from divisional opponent the Kansas City Chiefs. However, that still isn’t enough.
As we are quickly approaching the NFL’s 2015 Draft, there are many players worth looking at. The Bolts’ needs are plentiful this offseason, but building the secondary cannot be overlooked. That’s when you draft and bring in a cornerback like Marcus Peters.
Projected 40-Yard Dash: 4.55
*All Pre-Combine unofficial estimates
Many of you are probably already thinking, “too much baggage”. Well, perhaps you’re right. Peters was kicked off Washington’s squad for multiple run-ins and arguments with the coaching staff. Yet, the NFL is a whole new ballpark. In order to pay the bills, men tend to clean up their acts for an opportunity they have dreamed of since they could remember.
Prior to Peters’ sideline issues, he was projected to be drafted in the first round, according to multiple sources. With great size and physicality against receivers, he would add some grit to the secondary unit.
As a cornerback in the Pac-12 conference, Peters has had some respectable matchups. He had a solid performance against Arizona State’s Jaelen Strong. Other notable games were against Stanford and UCLA. Most importantly, his pass coverage was incredible against Oregon’s crafty receiving unit.
Let’s not forget that this guy can hit. His tackling ability is impressive which all Bolts fans should know has been lackluster. His attitude is much like Verrett – confident and assertive. The rawness he possesses is something that San Diego’s coaching staff can take and groom into a very legitimate addition to the depth chart, or dare I say, possible starter.
This is the type of guy that needs some tweaking, but that’s perfect for a player with a decreased draft stock resulting from a sideline temper tantrum. He could easily be a solid pick if he slips to the second round. Depending on his combine performance and how well his interviews go, Telesco should consider another steal this year.