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Lotulelei, Werner scouting reports

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By Nolan Nawrocki

The following scouting reports were taken from Pro Football Weekly's 2013 Draft Preview book, which is now on sale. You can order it today through the PFW Store, or by calling 1-800-FOOTBALL (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT).

NT-DLE Star Lotulelei, #92
Utah
PFW Grade: 6.40
Ht: 6-21/2 | Wt: 311 | Sp:  5.15e | Arm: 335/8 | Hand: 93/4
Notes: Married with two daughters. His last name is pronounced “lo-too-leh-lay” and given first name is Starlite. Led his Utah prep team to a state championship and was an all-state selection. Spent the 2008 season at Snow College (Ephraim, Utah), where he made 52 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and three sacks with one forced fumble. Went to school at Snow in ’09 but did not play football. Transferred to Utah and played in all 13 games in the fall of ’10 and managed 21-21/2-1/2. Started the final three regular season games — the Notre Dame and BYU games at nose tackle and San Diego State at defensive tackle. In ’11, he won the Morris Trophy as the league’s best defensive lineman after posting 44-9-11/2 with one batted pass and one forced fumble in 13 starts at nose tackle. Had a 17-yard reception on a fake punt against California. Made all 12 starts at nose tackle in ’12 and logged 42-10-5 with four batted passes and three forced fumbles. Was not allowed to work out at the Combine because of a heart condition — a low ejection fraction. 
Positives: Looks the part with desirable body thickness and length. Disruptive. Commands a double team. Naturally brute strong. Explosive body power. Rag-dolls centers and drives them into the backfield. Violent hands — shoots his hands and jolts blockers. Terrific extension to lock out and control. Extremely athletic dancing bear. Outstanding ease of movement for his size. Is agile and flows well laterally. Physical tackler — rips down ballcarriers. Has impact upside.
Negatives: Disappears too often — motor throttles. Still developing positional instincts. Late to feel blocking pressure. Lacks elite closing burst. Not special on third down — only seven career sacks. Weight has fluctuated in the past. Underachiever tendencies. Heart condition requires examination to determine long-term durability and viability — Combine physical revealed left ventricle was pumping at only 44 percent, which could affect stamina and long-term health.
Summary: A powerfully built, nimble giant with the ability to impose his will at any position along a “30” or disrupt as an anchor of a “40” front. Leaves you wanting more but dominates in flashes and could be just scratching the surface. Lottery talent if he’s not red-flagged medically.
NFL projection: First-round pick.

DLE-LOLB Bjoern Werner, #95 (Junior)
Florida State
PFW Grade: 6.25
Ht: 6-31/4 | Wt: 266 | Sp: 4.83 | Arm: 331/4 | Hand: 95/8
Notes: Name is pronounced “Be-Yorn Wer-Ner.” Married. A native of Berlin, Germany, he played only two seasons of high school football in the United States and was a four-star prospect out of Connecticut. Appeared in all 14 games as a true freshman in 2010, recording 20 tackles, six tackles for loss and 3 1⁄2 sacks with one batted pass and one forced fumble. Moved into the starting lineup in ’11 and managed 37-12-7 with eight batted passes, one interception and one forced fumble in 13 starts at left defensive end. Also returned a fumble 25 yards for a score against Clemson. Led the team in tackles for loss and sacks from his LDE position in ’12 after recording 42-18-13 with eight batted passes and one forced fumble in 14 starts and was named a finalist for the Nagurski Award (top defensive player).
Positives: Highly productive. Plays faster than he times. Quick get-off. Active hands. Blue-collar, relentless rusher. Attacks with leverage, gains the corner and shows burst to finish. Keeps working to quarterback. Protects his lower body and generally plays on his feet. Gains extension and stacks the edge. Good eyes, awareness and read-and-react skills — knows where the ball is going and has a knack for getting his hands in the passing lane (16 breakups the past two seasons). Consistent energy and intensity.
Negatives: Average body length. Lets his pads rise and becomes blockable. Lacks elite knee and ankle flexion. Not a special foot athlete. Non-explosive lateral aglity and range. Not a pure speed or power rusher (average bull). Limited two-gap ability. Average overall Combine performance.
Summary: German-born, high-motor, disruptive defensive end who projects best on the left side in an upfield 4-3 scheme, where he matches better athletically with right tackles, and can pressurize the edge and cave the pocket. High-floor, low-risk selection who is a candidate to be overdrafted.
NFL projection: Top-15 pick.

These scouting reports were taken from Pro Football Weekly's 2013 Draft Preview book, which is now on sale. You can order it today through the PFW Store, or by calling 1-800-FOOTBALL (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT).

 

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