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Star Lotulelei | Defensive Tackle

Team: Utah Utes
Age / DOB:  (24) / 12/20/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 325

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Panthers selected Utah DT Star Lotulelei with the No. 14 overall pick.
Lotulelei (6-3, 311) played all over the Utah's offensive line, but was primarily a run defender. He's generated optimistic comparisons to Haloti Ngata for his strength and power at the point of attack. Lotulelei drew consistent double teams in the Pac 12 yet still managed 22.5 career tackles for loss, seven sacks, and four forced fumbles. A heart-efficiency scare at the Combine is no longer a concern. At his March 20 Pro Day, Lotulelei pumped 38 bench reps, ran 5.15 in the forty, and performed a 30-inch vertical leap. The concern among some NFL personnel men is Lotulelei will not be able to rush the quarterback in the pros. Defensive tackle has been a glaring hole in Carolina's defense for years now. The Panthers will pair him up with Dwan Edwards, who amassed six sacks last season, in the middle in an effort to shore up one of the league's weaker run defenses. Thu, Apr 25, 2013 09:53:00 PM

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CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora suggests Utah DL Star Lotulelei as a possible target for the Jets.

La Canfora says Star hasn't been linked to the Jets, "but they spent lot of time" on him. "With two 2 high picks he's in play there." A front of Mo Wilkerson, Quinton Coples, and Star would be unfair. Lotulelei could like up as a nose tackle, but he has more versatility than given credit for.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 01:23:00 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline has been told to expect the Raiders choice at No. 3 to be the "surest of the sure" among the remaining prospects.

There is no such thing as a "can't miss" prospect in any class, but the Raiders will have confident options at No. 3. This kind of mindset will make some wonder how secure GM Reggie McKenzie's job is. Left tackle Eric Fisher and defensive lineman Star Lotulelei are two options, along with Sharrif Floyd.
Tue, Apr 23, 2013 10:30:00 AM

Utah DL Star Lotulelei, Alabama G Chance Warmack, and Alabama T DJ Fluker have been mentioned to NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah in association with the Cardinals at pick No. 7.

Jeremiah added the Cardinals "must be sending out a lot of signals." All three make plenty of sense, although we think the team might move up and target Eric Fisher. Lane Johnson is another realistic possibility.
Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:42:00 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles medically cleared Utah DL Star Lotulelei during his recent visit.

The news comes by way of general manager Howie Roseman, who will be in charge of selecting a top prospect with the No. 4 pick. Lotulelei is an option for the team, according to SI's Peter King, who said the Eagles like the Utah defensive lineman "a lot". Lotulelei has versatility to play at any technique in a three man front and can play the one or three technique in a four man front.
Source: NJ.com
Mon, Apr 15, 2013 06:18:00 PM

SI's Peter King hears the Eagles like Utah DL Star Lotulelei "a lot to play all along the line, even at nose."

"Where they go -- Geno Smith, pass rusher, best corner in the draft -- I don't know, but my guess is pass rusher," King writes. We appreciate that King notes Star can play all along the Eagles' three man front, as many have wrongly pegged him solely as a nose tackle. Thanks to free agency, the Eagles can look in a variety of different directions on draft day, but we would love this pick.
Mon, Apr 15, 2013 11:52:00 AM

Utah DL Star Lotulelei visited the Eagles on Friday.

We consider Lotulelei firmly in the running for the Eagles at pick No. 4. The team drafted Fletcher Cox in last year's first-round, and he will man on end spot in the three man front, but Lotulelei could fill one of the other two positions. Sure, the team signed Isaac Sopoaga to play nose tackle, but that shouldn't hold them back from drafting Star.
Sat, Apr 13, 2013 09:40:00 AM

NFL.com's Gil Brandt does not believe Utah DL Star Lotulelei was "consistently competitive in college."

"He'd do some really good things, and then he'd kind of take a little rest sometimes," Brandt writes. "That's the kind of thing that guys grow out of, of course, but I'm just grading these players based on what I've seen, and not necessarily on what they might do in the future." Brandt ranks Star as the 22nd best prospect in this draft class.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Apr 12, 2013 10:04:00 AM

The Eagles have scheduled an in-house visit with Utah DL Star Lotulelei.

Despite the addition of Isaac Sopoaga in free agency, we think there is a strong chance Star is the pick at No. 4. Lotulelei has said he prefers playing nose tackle, but we think his skills can be used in a variety of ways in the Eagles new three man front. The visit will take place in the coming days.
Source: CSN Philly
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 11:04:00 AM

Utah DT Star Lotulelei passed five more heart tests, with the total now up to nine, with each resulting in a clean bill of health.

The doctor who cleared Star writes the defensive lineman is "safe to participate in pro athletic... without restrictions." We don't expect his evaluation to be effected by the incomplete medical results from the Combine. Star should be a top 10 selection.
Tue, Apr 2, 2013 03:17:00 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes the Chiefs need to seriously consider adding Utah DL Star Lotulelei with the No. 1 pick.

"Star/Poe inside (with) Houston and Hali on edges, now you're talking about a young and special front line," Weidl tweeted. He then went on to call Star the "Top (defensive) prospect in my mind. Not as fluid as Ngata but similar in terms of strength/power and POA skills." If you buy into draft buzz, it appears the Chiefs are set on taking a left tackle.
Tue, Apr 2, 2013 09:51:00 AM

Utah DT Star Lotulelei has passed his most recent round of medical tests.

Utah beat writer Lya Wodraska tweeted, "Lotulelei showed his heart was normal, no concerns of anything that would limit his future." We believe Star's medicals are different that other cases, namely Jarvis Jones'. The interior defensive lineman never failed a medical, instead he was given an incomplete tag which could have resulted from a poorly conducted test. We don't see this holding him back in late April.
Tue, Apr 2, 2013 08:32:00 AM

Dolphins beat writer Ben Volin says the team is "definitely doing their diligence on some of the top DTs, Star Lotulelei and Sheldon Richardson."

Richardson might be available at pick No. 12, but Star is much less likely to be on the board. This means the Dolphins could be looking to move up, since they also possess an extra second-round pick. We think the team might also move up for a top left tackle.
Mon, Apr 1, 2013 05:40:00 PM

The Eagles worked out Utah DL Star Lotulelei on Thursday, and a visit to the team's facility is scheduled within the next two weeks, per Adam Caplan.

Sure, the Eagles signed Isaac Sopoaga in free agency, but Lotulelei projects as an upgrade at nose tackle or at any position along the three man front outside of Fletcher Cox. The team filled their needs via free agency, so the Eagles could go in a variety of different directions on draft day.
Fri, Mar 29, 2013 10:21:00 AM

Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah believes Utah DL Star Lotulelei is an ideal 5-technique in a three man front.

Star played a variety of spots in college, and his ability to hold the edge or create penetration will likely allow him to do the same in the NFL. The defensive lineman has said his favorite position is nose tackle, where many teams will likely project him, but we think it would be a shame to solely use him there.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Mar 29, 2013 09:30:00 AM