The Fat Guy No One’s Talking About

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.


  1. Absolutely Not!
    Gets pushed around…Stands straight up, has too high a knee bend…
    Big Soft Guy with no beastly instinct…Needs more Suh and less McGlockton…Seen lots of Big Guys that were not instinctual
    Might be a 3rd or 4th rounder…that would be hiugh, But another year of College Ball would help him immensely… That a DLine Coaches opinion

  2. Every clip of him has him standing straight up, too high, and he’s pushes the blockers back yes. But he creates too big of holes and isnt aware of where the ball is. The kid needs a year in college or proper coaching!