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Star Lotulelei | Defensive Lineman

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 12/20/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 320
College: Utah
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Coach Ron Rivera said first-round DT Star Lotulelei has already "come a long way" with his pass rushing.
One of the reasons Lotulelei fell to 14th overall in the draft was because he earned a strict run defender label. The Panthers are teaching him to use his hands to shed blockers and are happy with the progress so far. They already know that Lotulelei is going to be an asset when asked to plug up running lanes. Wed, Jun 19, 2013 10:50:00 AM

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Panthers agreed to terms with No. 14 overall pick DT Star Lotulelei on a four-year contract.

Bandied about as a potential top-five pick before the draft, Lotulelei tumbled to the Panthers at No. 14, where he fills a massive need. A poor-man's Haloti Ngata, Lotulelei is going to stuff running lanes, but may not rush the quarterback like Ngata has. The Panthers will count on Lotulelei and his 6-foot-2, 311-pound frame to occupy multiple blockers. An absolute workhorse in college — he played nearly every defensive snap as a senior — Lotulelei has the potential to make an impact from day one on an underrated young front seven.
Wed, May 22, 2013 04:26:00 PM

Panthers selected Utah DT Star Lotulelei with the No. 14 overall pick.

Lotulelei (6-foot-3, 311) played all over the Utes' 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 09:52:00 PM

Both ESPN New York's Rich Cimini and CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora consider Utah DT Star Lotulelei a "possibility" for the Jets at No. 9.

Lotulelei goes 6-foot-3 and 311 pounds, and he'd be a great fit at nose tackle between RE Muhammad Wilkerson and LE Quinton Coples. The Jets need guys who can get to the quarterback, and Lotulelei could help occupy blockers in order to free up his teammates. He also had seven sacks of his own while at Utah. The Jets currently have 33-year-old Antonio Garay penciled in at nose tackle.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 01:29:00 PM

Citing multiple sources, NFL Draft insider Tony Pauline reports the Raiders "will consider" trading down with the Lions if one of the draft's top-two left tackles is available at No. 3.

There are a lot of "ifs" here, but it'd be a trade rebuilding Oakland would love to do, and address a massive weakness in Detroit. It's logical. If the Chiefs draft Luke Joeckel and the Jaguars take Dion Jordan, the Lions would then trade up with the Raiders to select Eric Fisher. The Raiders would move down, perhaps add a third-rounder, and take their highest-rated player left at No. 5. Per Pauline, that would be either Sharrif Floyd or Star Lotulelei.
Wed, Apr 24, 2013 03:53:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Panthers have shown a "lot of interest" in Utah DT Star Lotulelei.

The Panthers are far from settled on the interior defensive line, but it would be a major surprise if Star tumbled all the way to No. 14. La Canfora believes Carolina is likely Lotulelei's "floor," meaning he wouldn't fall any further.
Tue, Apr 23, 2013 10:47:00 PM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah stated on Path to the Draft he's heard Utah DT Star Lotulelei could be "a fallback option" for the Cardinals if all three of the top left tackles are gone by pick No. 7.

Rookie GM Steve Keim wasn't running the show when the Cards drafted Dan Williams in the first round, and picking Lotulelei would be an obvious indictment of Williams. Williams is a strong run defender, but offers zero pass rush. Star would replace him at nose tackle between Darnell Dockett and Calais Campbell.
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 07:05:00 PM

The Sideline View's Adam Caplan "(doesn't) see" Utah DT Star Lotulelei falling out of the top-ten.

Lotulelei is shaping up as one of this year's most polarizing prospects, but he shouldn't fall out of the top-ten, especially after his "heart scare" ended up being little more than an inconclusive test. SI's Peter King reported Monday the Eagles like Lotulelei "a lot" at No. 4.
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 04:02:00 PM

According to SI's Peter King, the Eagles like Utah DT Star Lotulelei "a lot."

Per King, the Eagles believe Lotulelei can play "all along the line," including nose tackle. It's the first time Lotulelei has been officially linked to the Eagles, though he's been viewed as a potential top-five pick for months. Lotulelei shouldn't fall out of the top ten.
Mon, Apr 15, 2013 09:45:00 AM

At least one NFL personnel man believes Utah DT Star Lotulelei is one of the draft's more overrated players.

Lotulelei only had seven sacks in his four-year college career. "He’s not a top-five pick, not at all," said the NFL personnel man. "He’s a good player, but he’s not that good. Somebody will take him higher than he should be taken, because he’s gotten a lot of hype. Don’t get me wrong he’s a great, big run stuffer, but that’s all he is." We still fully expect Star to be drafted in the top ten.
Sun, Apr 14, 2013 04:17:00 PM

Utah DT Star Lotulelei has passed two cardiac MRIs since his inconclusive Combine test, which are considered the "gold standard of medical testing of the human heart."

Lotulelei has reportedly passed "at least" 10 total tests, and will not be required to return to Indianapolis this weekend for the Combine re-check. Lotulelei's health shouldn't be an issue going forward.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Apr 5, 2013 09:15:00 AM

Utah DT Star Lotulelei is "all systems go" after five different tests revealed no issues with his heart.

Lotulelei's inconclusive test at the Combine ended up being an abnormality. Interested teams will still want to pore over Lotulelei's medical records, but if he falls out of the top five in the draft, it shouldn't be because of his heart.
Tue, Apr 2, 2013 03:15:00 PM

According to Utah's team physician, recent tests show DT Star Lotulelei's heart has "no evidence of dysfunction" and is pumping "consistently with that of highly trained athletes."

Combine testing showed Lotulelei's heart was pumping at 44 percent efficiency rather than the normal 55-70 percent. A repeat of Lotulelei's echocardiogram test back in Utah showed the heart had improved, "leaving most to believe the abnormality might have been caused by a virus." Said Utah head physician Dave Petron, "There was no evidence of a dysfunction so we think it was transient in nature. There was no reason why he couldn’t continue on in an athletic career."
Mon, Apr 1, 2013 11:48:00 PM

Utah DT Star Lotulelei ran a 5.15 in the 40-yard dash at his Wednesday Pro Day, and posted 38 reps on the bench press.

Lotulelei also turned in a 30-inch vertical leap, 7.76 time in the three-cone drill, and 4.65 in the shuttle. They're all solid numbers for the potential top-ten pick. Lotulelei's momentum is back on track after a minor heart issue prevented him from working out at the Combine.
Wed, Mar 20, 2013 02:37:00 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on NFL 32 that Utah DT Star Lotulelei has been medically cleared following his heart scare at February's Scouting Combine.

Lotulelei will participate fully in Utah's Wednesday Pro Day. "He's clear now," reported Mortensen. "At the Combine they flagged him for having a heart that wasn't pumping enough blood. It wasn't pumping properly. ... But he proceeded to go ahead and train. He's gone through extensive medical testing." Per Mort, Lotulelei's agent is sending his healthy medical reports to all 32 clubs, and "a lot of teams" will be in Salt Lake for his Wednesday workout.
Tue, Mar 19, 2013 06:04:00 PM

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