Southern California Senior
Physical lead blocker that likes to mix it up, and not afraid to square up a defensive lineman. Lowers the shoulder and can deliver blow to defender at the point of attack. Usually hits most of his assignments. Able to make the kick out block on the pitch and does a good job making his blocks in space. Will peel back and deliver the block to spring the runner on a cutback. Comfortable lining up as a H-back, and will go in motion and hit his assignments there. A fairly reliable receiver in the flat and shows good speed on the wheel route. Keeps feet moving after contact as a runner and will lower the shoulder to finish the run. Shows decent balance and footwork to sidestep defender.
Not always decisive when hitting his assignments, as he can get caught between deciding to cut the defender or take him head on. Doesn't always do a great job adjusting in space. Tends to throw his shoulder into defender as a lead blocker rather than squaring up. Body catches at times in the flat and doesn't do a great job consistently securing the ball before turning upfield as a receiver.
Havili is a multi-threat fullback that is both a capable runner, receiver, and lead blocker. He is not great in any realm, but solid in all three, making him versatile. And he has the potential to develop more in all three. He's had some off-field issues and injury concerns that plagued him at USC. He missed all but three games as a freshman in 2006 due to a broken leg. Then was academically ineligble for the bowl game two years later. He missed two games in 2009 due to a dislocated shoulder. And he was suspended for a day this past summer after punching a teammate in the face during practice, although his teammate was the one that went to bat for him to get him quickly reinstated. For his career, he combined for 81 carries for 509 yards (6.3 avg) and 3 touchdowns with his career high being his 166 yards this past year. Also had a career high in receiving yards with 396 yards on 32 receptions as a senior. For his career, he caught 116 passes for 1290 yards (11.1 avg) and 12 touchdowns.
Havili is probably not going to come in right away and make an impact as a lead blocker, but he is good enough to start right away and contribute. Down the road, as he becomes more consistent blocker and more polished, he can be one of the top fullbacks in the league because how physical he is. He needs to bulk up and played his career at USC around 230. If he wants to commit to being a fullback in the pros, he'll probably need to be at least in the 240-250 pound range. He's a capable receiver that isn't great, but can be one of the better receiving fullbacks in the league, capable of getting a team 20-30 receptions mostly on dumpoffs. As a rusher, he's not going to be a significant part of a team's offense, but in short-yardage situations he's good enough to get work and be a guy that could probably take 3-5 carries per game. At his best, you think he can be the caliber of fullback like Tony Richardson or Fred Beasley in their primes. Right now, he would probably compare more to a Justin Griffith at least coming into the league. He's a versatile option that has the potential to be an elite fullback because of it. But he's probably at least three years away from that.
Havili is talented enough that he could stick as a reserve in Atlanta, despite the Falcons not really keeping a true No. 2 fullback. Mughelli would be a good tutor for him, as he entered the league a similar player. He would make a nice heir apparent, and two or so years down the line if/when Mughelli gets too old or expensive for the Falcosn to keep, Havili should be ready to step in immediately and give the team another powerful lead blocker. But Havili at this point is a much more athletic and versatile offensive option and potentially could be a guy that brings Mughelli's blocking, but Snelling-like offensive value. Again, he's a long-term option but if he can produce early on special teams would be worth developing down the road.
His upside means that he is well worth a fourth round pick. But he needs more polish and doesn't offer the immediate impact potential to merit any higher a pick than that.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Scouting reports of the running backs and fullbacks in the 2011 Draft.
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