24-Year-Old Defensive Tackle – Carolina Panthers
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
The Panthers' first-round pick last season, Lotulelei enjoyed a great rookie campaign, registering 42 tackles (31 solo), including seven for loss and three sacks. His physical, athletic presence at de...
Star Lotulelei Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $9.604 million contract with the Panthers in May 2013.
Lotulelei recorded 42 tackles (31 solo) and three sacks during his rookie season with the Panthers.
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Star Lotulelei: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)It's still possible that Lotulelei's heart scare from the Combine might be enough for teams to rank Sharrif Floyd above him in most cases, but if Wodraska's report is indicative of the average NFL team's assessment of Lotulelei, we can't see him falling out of the first 10 picks. While Kansas City appears somewhat locked into the selection of an offensive tackle (Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher), Lotulelei should be a serious consideration from the second pick onward.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The workout numbers themselves don't matter as much as the fact that Lotulelei had medical clearance to participate in the workout. There's no doubt of what Lotulelei is on the football field, so his numbers can't distract from the fact that he's an exceptionally powerful player with rare combination of explosiveness and leverage on the interior defensive line. The only question he had to answer was regarding the suboptimal performance of his left ventricle that doctors detected at the Combine. That apparently is a non-issue for the time being, though assessments of the situation might not necessarily be uniform among NFL doctors. If he's healthy, in any case, we can't see why Lotulelei wouldn't be the top player in the draft.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Lotulelei is a very versatile player on the interior, possessing dominant skill at 4-3 tackle and any 3-4 defensive line spot. A big snap count at Utah wore Lotulelei down at times, but when he's in top form, Lotulelei is a devastating gut punch to offensive lines. His combination of explosion, leverage and power off the snap is intimidating, and he'll start right away in Carolina.