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Maine's Personal Scouting Report on Star Lotulelei

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very very nice

 

can you do each pick?  lol  talk about site hits, wow..

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I've been meaning to do this since Star fell into our laps on draft day and finally got around to it. I watched every snap Lotulelei was involved in that I could find online and took extensive notes for each game. So, without further ado, here is my lengthy scouting report on the 14th overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft...Star Lotulelei. 

 

 

 

Conclusion: New Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei has all the physical and athletic ability to be a dominant player in this league. In every game I watched, he won the vast majority of his one on one match ups and did not give up ground when double teamed. His bull rush is a thing of beauty and almost always is successful. His first step off the line of scrimmage is one of the quickest I have seen. Almost every snap he beats not only his teammates off the ball, but opposing offensive linemen as well. Star was so explosive and a huge difference maker in the first half of games when he was fresh. A reduction in his snaps and solid rotation on the defensive line should bode well for this season and his productiveness. If he is rested...he can be a menace all game long. Despite struggling in diagnosing run plays and disengaging blockers, Star should benefit greatly by having one hell of a front seven around him. If he can continue to make runners change their lanes and dictate where offensive linemen go, Luke and the rest of our linebackers could have career years in terms of tackling production. Mobile quarterbacks seemed to give Star the biggest fits in college and their aren't too many in the NFL that can really escape the pocket and run around. This is especially true with Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy rushing on the outside. I believe teams will look to hurry up their offenses and get the ball out as quick as possible. Look for quarterbacks to use hard counts to try and make Star jump offsides. Look for offensive linemen to get called on holding penalties when Star gets a quick jump on them.  Smaller quarterbacks will struggle to see when the pocket collapses in front of them because of Star and our corners need to make plays on the poorly placed passes that there should be many of. Slower, statue-like quarterbacks will face struggles of their own as the pocket collapses and will hopefully lead to mistakes. Star Lotulelei will be a good player for a long time folks. 

 

Maine, you can't leave us hanging. I'll expect your analysis on K.K. forthwith...(j/k...not really) LOL

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agreed. i think star is a lot more disciplined than jenks was.

 

 

Some guys get "it" and some guys don't.  Jenks had all the talent in the world, he just had to much "fug it" in him.  

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Glad you appreciated the thread everyone...I may do one for Short but if I do it will be around a week from now or so.

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Great write up! I think our Rookie DT's will struggle some in the first year, which is very common. I think we have a definite future stud in Star though. Still not sold on Short. Pass rush specialist DT's tend to bust at an extremely high rate IMO. I think they get down on themselves when they dont have immediate production and arent able to get sexy numbers against NFL O lineman.

 

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Great write up! I think our Rookie DT's will struggle some in the first year, which is very common. I think we have a definite future stud in Star though. Still not sold on Short. Pass rush specialist DT's tend to bust at an extremely high rate IMO. I think they get down on themselves when they dont have immediate production and arent able to get sexy numbers against NFL O lineman.

I think Short will be fine. Similar to Star, Kawann played a large number of snaps and didn't have a great supporting cast. He has the fastest first step of all DTs in this draft and possesses an array of pass rushing moves that Richardson and Floyd lack. 7 sacks and 17 TFLs are impressive stats. We got an anchor in Star, a good passing duo in Hardy and Johnson, a solid rotational player in Dwan, an up-and-comer in Alexander and depth with Kearse, Cole and possibly Chandler. KK will thrive here.

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Out of curiosity I went to see how many Pac 12 O-Linemen made it in the draft. I got 2 - a 4th and a 6th. So he hasn't really had to face elite linemen.

 

On the other hand the Pac -12 isn't the gulf south either.

 

Can't wait to see him play

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