Lowell Lotulelei

Utah
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Prospect Info

College
Utah
Hometown
Class
South Jordan, UT
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
315 lbs
33”
Hands
9 5/8”

Prospect Grade

4.96
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
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Charles Lowell Lotulelei (lo-too-lah-lay) is the younger brother of Star, who was an All-American for the Utes and first-round pick of the Carolina Panthers in 2013. Lowell's been his own man despite following Star, winning all-state honors from the Salt Lake Tribune as a high school senior and then excelling for his hometown team. Lotulelei played in all 13 games as a true freshman, starting the final nine contests of the year (33 tackles, 4.5 for loss, four sacks). He was a first-team Freshman All-American and honorable mention All-Pac-12 pick that season, taking on double teams and attacking the ball when in his sights. Again starting nine of 13 games played as a sophomore, he was named first-team all-conference by league coaches after making 26 stops, five for loss, a sack, and a forced fumble (which led to the deciding touchdown in the team's Las Vegas Bowl win over rival BYU). Lotulelei received honorable mention All-Pac-12 recognition for his exploits in 2016, posting 28 tackles, 8.5 for loss, and 3.5 sacks. He again came alive in Utah's bowl game, making three tackles, one for loss against Indiana in the Foster Farms Bowl. Pac-12 coaches voted him honorable mention all-conference again in 2017 as he made 16 stops, 3.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks, and a blocked kick in 13 games.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority Free Agent
Overview
Scouts have serious concerns about Lotulelei's love of football and overall work ethic. He was slow and sloppy this season and his quickness suffered badly because of it. Teams looking to draft him will have to be leaning on his 2015 or 2016 tape because he was a reject in 2017. If he doesn't commit himself to the work it takes to be a pro, he will have a hard time sticking around.
Strengths
  • Plays with fast hands and a physical punch
  • Able to fight to the edge against playside blocks and push his way up the field against attempted reach blocks
  • Recognizes and diagnoses play direction
  • His 2016 tape showed a player with decent foot quickness and determination who was able to beat blockers to the spot
  • Can set an edge and drive through blocker's outside shoulder with a sharp, upward punch
  • Has talent to beat single blocks
  • Could become a space-eater if he works with better pad level
Weaknesses
  • Lacks height and overall length with arms that look very short
  • Below average body composition by NFL standards
  • Carries bad weight and doesn't work on it hard enough according to scouts
  • Plays too tall and doesn't have as much anchor as he could
  • Will give way to double teams and get pushed around at times
  • Effort appears to be optional for him on this year's tape
  • Won't make as many plays out of his area as teams would like
  • Scouts say he wasn't 100 percent healthy at times this season
  • Sluggish post-snap movement made him completely ineffective as a pass rusher this year
Sources Tell Us

"I was high on him before the year started but he was a major disappointment. He knew this was his year to play well and make money but he did nothing to get rid of all that excess weight and his tape wasn't very good." -- AFC Director of College Scouting

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league