Recently, a lot of talk has centered around Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe. And rightfully so: the 6’5″, 350-pounder is a tremendous athlete for a man his size, and he plays with a great motor.
However, there’s another potential early round big man who should be getting a whole lot of attention, Utah DT Star Lotulelei.
While still a relative unknown to draftniks, scouts have been keeping a close eye on the underclassman. One regional scout told Bucky Brooks that the big man looks like “a rare find” with “all of the tools that scouts covet in a dominant interior defender”.
Those physical tools show up on tape. Lotulelei possesses impressive explosion off the ball and very good upper body strength. He could do a better job of keeping his pads low, but that will come with NFL coaching. And word is he’ll be getting some of that soon, as Tony Pauline has reported that the underclassman will take his talents to the NFL.
So make sure to check out the prospect video I cut of Lotulelei. And if you can, head over to ESPN3 and watch a game or two — I thought he looked especially good against Pitt.