PROS: Long and athletic. Generates strong vertical push up the arc and he does well to alter his pace. Has the flexibility to bend and work around the outside hip of his blocker. Explosive out of his stance and he is rapid when changing directions. Does well to use his footwork to set up his finesse style rushes. Executes with a motor that always runs hot. Has a second gear when closing on the quarterback. Has the mobility needed for short zone coverage drops.
CONS: Rail thin and you are counting on him being the exception when it comes to size thresholds and production rushing the passer in the NFL. Contact balance is poor and it’s game over when blockers get their hands on him. Has no chance setting the edge against NFL offensive tackles or squeezing gaps. Easily manipulated by misdirection and he isn’t the sharpest processor. There isn’t much appeal in trying him in a true off-ball role.
BEST TRAIT - Length
WORST TRAIT - Play Strength
RED FLAGS - None
NFL COMP - Dismissed From Team in 2017 for Assault
Utah State edge Tipa Galeai was a productive player in college that offers good burst, bend and hustle as a prospect to the next level. With that said, he just lacks the mass and power to project favorably to the NFL. His contact balance, on account of lacking functional strength, is very poor. His processing skills do not forecast well to an off-ball role and overall, his skill set lacks upside. Perhaps he can find work shooting gaps and covering kicks but there just isn’t much appeal.