Lotulelei has star potential despite heart scare
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — He has the perfect name, even if it belies his soft-spoken nature.
Now that concerns about his heart function have been alleviated, defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (LO-too-leh-lay) is ready to make the jump from former furniture mover to NFL first-round pick.
NFL.com personnel evaluator Gil Brandt believes Lotulelei will have a long NFL career and possibly a Pro Bowl career if he becomes more consistent.
Brandt rates Lotulelei as the 22nd best player in the draft, which starts Thursday.
Other draft prognosticators have the 6-foot-3, 314-pound University of Utah standout going in the top five because of his versatility along the line.
Lotulelei's strength has never been in question. A test at the NFL scouting combine raised a red flag about his heart.