2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
By Cory J. Bonini
Edited by Keith Hernandez
phenom Star Lotulelei is the premier defensive tackle in the 2013 NFL Draft and
ranks among the top players regardless of position.
Shining Star of the draft class
senior is a disruptive force in the middle, as evidenced by his 5.0 sacks and
three forced fumbles. He also logged four fumble recoveries in 2012.
stout build (6-foot-3, 320 pounds)
- can play 4-3 defensive tackle, 3-4 nose tackle or 3-4 end
the occasion in big games
dedicated family man, great teammate and well-respected leader
techniques as a pass rusher
potential to be a Day 1 impact player at the next level
relies too much on brute strength and athleticism to make plays
- Has a potential heart condition that hasn't been confirmed through additional testing
struggle to shed blocks - often due to his short reach
2009 season during a transfer year, which means he'll be 24 years old as a
experienced minor conditioning issues in his early collegiate days
Expected draft placement
has all of the traits you look for in a dominant defensive lineman and should
quickly rise to the ranks of the league's upper-echelon defenders.
for the Oakland Raiders to strongly consider him at No. 3 overall, and it is
difficult to imagine Lotulelei will fall beyond the
Tennessee Titans' 10th pick as long as teams are not worried about his health.
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