Draft Capsule: LB John Lotulelei

Draft Capsule: LB John Lotulelei

April 11, 2013, 6:30 pm
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Tony Andracki

John Lotulelei (LB), UNLV

5-11 | 233 lbs.

2012 Stats:

120 tkls, 1.5 TFL, INT, 3 PD, FF

Projection:

6th Round

Strengths:

High energy guy with a short, compact build. Thick and strong, he can lay out a big hit, but also boasts the quickness to get around the edge into the backfield or close running lanes. Sheds blocks well and plays with a low center of gravity to gain leverage when engaged. Is a high character guy, and was named team captain at UNLV.

Weaknesses:

His height will hurt his draft stock, especially because it will make it tough for teams to line him up as an outside linebacker. Size is his biggest detractor, but he also needs work in pass coverage. His speed is on the low end of the scale, which means he has to be in perfect position every time.

Fit for the Bears:

Lotulelei will not be one of the first linebackers off the board, so teams can wait on him and take a flier late on the third day of selection. The Bears definitely need depth at linebacker, as only Lance Briggs returns from last year's starters. James Anderson and D.J. Williams are on one-year deals and Brigg will turn 33 in November, so the Bears need long-term options at linebacker. They would be best served drafting one or more LBs this year, and Lotulelei could be a good fit with a late-round pick.