Star Lotulelei: A Sure Thing?


The NFL draft is two days away. On Thursday night all of the speculation will be put to rest, and every mock drafter will find out just how incredibly wrong they were about the impossibly random machine that is the NFL Draft.

There are no sure picks. The Indianapolis Colts had locked up Andrew Luck’s contract before they even drafted him last year. The Chiefs have not locked up Luke Joeckel. Let’s just suffice to say that this draft is still very much up in the air.

I know one thing, though. I know that if Star Lotulelei is there at 14 the Panthers must take him, and I’m almost entirely against the Panthers taking a DT in the first round, unless it’s this guy. Read about this guy’s “weaknesses” all you like. “His arms aren’t the ideal length”, “He has consistency issues”, “Has extra weight”, etc. He was so dominant at his position that I will be surprised if he is still there at 14. But the only thing that could scare a team is his heart condition.

Let’s look at the Giants draft philosophy, which is primarily best player available. If Star Lotulelei falls in our laps at 14 he is definitely the BPA. You draft him over any other position of need. Now, I don’t mean that if somehow, miraculously, Luke Joeckel is there you take Star over Joeckel, but he grades out better at his position than anyone else left at 14 grades out at their position. Plus he instantly fills a need.

This is all obviously a dream scenario, but it is a possible dream scenario. There is a very real possibility that we end up with him. There are just so few players in this draft that are must have players. Star Lotulelei is one of those players. He would instantly make our defense better and would make Gettleman happy because he is a “hog-molly”. He’s the only player in the first round that would make me excited to see us draft. here’s hoping other teams aren’t smart enough to be as excited as I am.

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