Chris Steuber Journal
Posted: August 29, 2012
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Star Lotulelei is one of the nation's most dominant defensive players, and could ultimately emerge as a top 10 pick.
The college football season kicks off this week, and NFL representatives (general managers, scouting directors, scouts, etc.) from all 32 National Football League teams will hit the road in search of the top draft eligible prospects and potential diamonds in the rough for the 2013 NFL Draft.
Usually the first week of the college schedule doesn’t offer many feature matchups; most of the games are viewed as a tune-up for the coming weeks. One tune-up contest that will take place in Salt Lake City on Thursday night, August 30th, between Utah and Northern Colorado, will attract representatives from the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers.
The main attraction that scouts will be focused on in this contest will be Utah’s star senior defensive tackle Star Lotulelei. At 6-foot-3, 325 pounds, Lotulelei is widely recognized as one of the nation’s most dominant defenders, and he showcased his ability in 2011 when he registered 44 tackles, nine for a loss and 1.5 sacks.
Lotulelei, who I rated 19th overall in my initial top 100 list on May 6th, possesses uncanny athleticism for a man of his size and incredible strength, which allow him to combat the consistent double teams he faces each week. It’s no surprise that two 3-4 defensive teams (Cowboys and Chargers) are attending Thursday night’s game, because Lotulelei has the ability to be a dominant force at the nose tackle position in the NFL and could ultimately be a top 10 pick in April.
Other Utes prospects scouts will keep an eye on are: senior center Tevita Stevens, cornerback Ryan Lacy, defensive tackle Dave Kruger, running back John White, wide receiver DeVonte Christopher; junior defensive end Joe Kruger, linebacker Trevor Reilly, offensive tackle Percy Taumoelau, quarterback Jordan Wynn and safety Brian Blechen.
For Northern Colorado, two juniors, linebacker Clarence Bumpas and quarterback Seth Lobato, are the most intriguing prospects to watch on Thursday evening.
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Chris Steuber has covered the NFL and NFL Draft for multiple media outlets over the last decade, and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including: The Colin Cowherd Show, NFL Network's Path to the Draft and Daily News Live on Comcast SportsNet (Philadelphia)... full biography