As we’ve done in years past, we’re going to start up our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season.
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height / Weight: 6’5” 288 lbs
Age: 27 / Experience: 1
Background: Born in Hamilton, New Zealand, Finau lived in Maui until he was eight and then in Tonga until he was 12, and then moved back to Hawaii for high school. He moved to a few different high schools, but graduated from Kahuku High & Intermediate School and helped Kahuku win the state championship in football that year while also playing basketball throughout much of high school. Finau played two seasons for the JuCo Phoenix College and then transferred to Utah. Finau appeared in 21 games with the Utes, finishing with 42 tackles. Finau went undrafted in 2012 and spent time during training camp with the Cardinals and Eagles before landing shortly with the Cowboys practice squad in November of last year for just about a week. Finau was then signed to the Jets practice squad on December 5, 2012 and signed a future/reserve contract at the conclusion of the 2012 season.
2013 Projection: Finau is listed as a tackle and at his height it’s a possibility, but his weight might push him into more end work with the Jets scheme on running downs unless he’s added a lot of mass during the offseason workout program. Finau is quite athletic and will challenge the depth of the roster, but might be a good candidate for the practice squad once the season begins.