NFL Draft: Prospect Preview – Utah State vs. Utah
The attention will be focused on the middle of the Utes defense line where DT Star Lotulelei makes his living. Considered one of the better senior prospect in this entire draft, Lotulelei has drawn some comparisons to Haloti Ngata with his strength and relentless motor.
Facing constant double-teams, Lotulelei doesn’t get the stats that make you say wow, but he clogs up running lanes, and collapses pickets in a hurry. He is still developing as a pass rusher, but his ability to hold up blockers and disrupt the offensive line is second to none. Lotulelei will fit in any scheme and is still getting better as a prospect. Should be a Top 10 pick in the NFL Draft this April.
Fellow DT prospect Dave Kruger is a late round/PFA prospect that is a little quicker than Lotulelei but nowhere near the impact player. I’m looking forward to seeing if he can take advantage of one-on-one matchups since Lotulelei will be getting the most attention from the Aggies interior Offensive line.
John White is an underrated RB prospect who possesses great downhill speed and will make defenders miss in the open field. He’s undersized and wasn’t an option in the passing game, but he’s extremely quick with great agility.
White ran for 119 yards on 24 carries with a TD in a win over Northern Colorado.
WR DeVonte Christopher is a developing WR who will need a big 2012 to get selected next April. He has nice size and speed, but is a below average route runner. Only caught 2 balls for 13 yards in last weeks win.
Utah State Aggies
There’s nothing for the Aggies in terms of first, or even second day talent at this point, but you will be hard pressed not to notice WR Matt Austin. Austin has had terrible injuries during his tenure for the Aggies, but was granted a 6th year of eligibility and got off to a good start in week 1 with 5 catches and 199 yard with a TD in a win over Southern Utah.
At 6’2 202 lbs, Austin looks like an NFL receiver, and if he can stay healthy and put up constant numbers, he will be worthy of a late round pick.
Also keep an eye out for RB Kerwynn Williams. With Michael Smith and Robert Turbin both in the NFL, Williams will have plenty of opportunity to make a name for himself.