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EAST LANSING Some injuries ruin careers, some hamper them, and some actually can help them.
The mock draft crowd might not be talking much about Fonoti right now, but the Michigan State product feels good about his chances to be a pro whether he goes in the late rounds of the draft Saturday or tries to make a team as a free agent. And there are several reasons to buy that optimism about Fonoti, an undervalued prospect among several MSU seniors looking to go from Rose Bowl champs to NFL laborers.
For one thing, the 6 foot 4, 313 pound Fonoti is earlier in his potential fulfillment process than most 22 year olds.
"Fou hasn't approached his ceiling yet," said offensive line coach Mark Staten, who coached Fonoti in 2011 13 after he transferred from Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif.
That two of Fonoti's five college years were spent in junior college is a factor, as is the fact NFL teams view him more as an inside player. That's the feedback he's getting from teams Houston, New England, Chicago and Miami are showing the most interest, he said and that jibes with his size and quickness.
That's also why the extra year at MSU was so big for Fonoti, who played tackle throughout his college career but got practice reps at guard and center in his final year to help with his current endeavor. Fonoti suffered the left foot injury before the third game of the 2012 season and received a medical redshirt.
Along with work on snapping and playing guard, Fonoti improved his body and significantly elevated his overall understanding of the game texansonlineprostore.com/WOMENS-BRIAN-CUSHING-JERSEY.html as a fifth year senior, Staten said. And that maximizes his versatility in the eyes of pro teams.
"It wasn't good for (MSU)," Staten said of one of several offensive line injuries in a 7 6 season, "but it was very good for him."
Intangibles already were in Fonoti's favor. His agent, Blake Baratz of Minneapolis based Institute for Athletes, compared Fonoti with Lions tackle Corey Hilliard, a low pick (sixth round in 2007) who has established himself in the league.
"Independent of the draft, I think he has a very, very, very good chance of not only competing Andre Johnson Womens Jersey in the NFL but sticking around a long time," Baratz said of Fonoti. "Teams find reasons to keep guys like him, rather than find reasons to let them go."
Fonoti got his criminal justice degree in December and has been one of the most community involved members of the Spartans in his three years in East Lansing. He was nominated for the Allstate Good Works Team as a senior and won the MSU Football Player Association's Community Service Outreach Award as a junior.
After football, Fonoti wants to be a juvenile probation officer because he thinks working with troubled adolescents is an especially effective way to "use my life to help others," he said.
And then there are the bloodlines. Fonoti's cousins Tupe and Domata Peko showed him the blueprint. Both transferred from junior colleges to MSU, then enjoyed NFL careers after entering their draft days as afterthoughts.
Tupe Peko was a seventh round pick in 2001 who spent six seasons in the NFL as an offensive lineman, playing 27 games with the Indianapolis Colts in 2003 04. Domata Peko was a fourth round pick Andre Johnson Texans Jersey in 2006 who is entering his ninth season as a defensive tackle with the Cincinnati Bengals, having just signed a two year extension worth about $8 million.
Domata Peko has worked out with Fonoti the past few months and has given him a key piece of advice.
"Just control what I can control," Fonoti said, "including my emotions on draft day."
The draft can surprise. Domata Peko went into it expecting to go in the seventh round at best, and went in the fourth. Fonoti would like to emulate his cousin in that way, but he is already like him in a more important way: www.texansonlineprostore.com/WOMENS-ARIAN-FOSTER-JERSEY.html He can play.
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