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DT Star Lotulelei Shines At Pro Day

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 21, 2013 – 6:09 am

Star Lotulelei’s ability to play football has never been a question. The 6-4, 325-pound DT was a 2-time First-Team All-Pac 12 selection at the University of Utah and he was also a Morris Trophy winner in 2011. What has become a question, though, is Lotulelei’s health.

During Lotulelei’s medical evaluation at the Combine last month, an echocardiogram revealed that his left ventricle was pumping at below average levels (44%). Officials would not let Lotulelei continue with Combine activities, so he went back to Utah for more testing. Those developments caused teams to take a step back and re-evaluate Lotulelei’s pro prospects.

Lotulelei was cleared by doctors to participate in Utah’s pro day, which occurred on Wednesday. And it should come as no surprise that he impressed teams with his performance. Lotulelei hoisted the 225-pound bench press 38 times, registered a 30-inch vertical leap and clocked a 4.65 in the shuttle. The 38 reps would’ve tied him for the most in his position group at the Combine.

Star Lotulelei, Isi Sofele

Those numbers are very good, and they certainly confirm the feelings most scouts and coaches had about Lotulelei being one of the top defensive linemen in this year’s draft. So, once again, Lotulelei’s ability to play football isn’t a question. It’s his health that is the question.

This is the type of issue that will divide teams. A player with a medical condition such as the one Lotulelei has may be researched and cleared by one team, but a different team may look at the same information and flag the player. While NFL teams do share much of the medical information they obtain at the Combine, different teams have different thresholds of tolerance for different issues.

Where NFL teams – and, specifically, the Vikings – stand on the issue of Lotulelei and his heart condition remains to be seen. What we do already know is that Lotulelei looks to be a future star in the NFL if the heart condition doesn’t plague him.


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38 Responses to “DT Star Lotulelei Shines At Pro Day”

  1. By Parody on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    Great for Lotulelie, but there is no chance that he becomes a Viking unless we trade up to get him, and I really don’t think the Vikings are in that mindset.

  2. By Parkway on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    No reason to trade for such a low need either

  3. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    @Champ…

    Read the very end of this article…
    It mentions what we talked about yesterday… :-)

    http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/QA_with_Leslie_Frazier_Spending_more_time_with_Vikings_D_was_key032013

  4. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    http://blogs.twincities.com/vikings/

  5. By Dan the Barbarian on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    I am late getting here so can’t ssay anything new other than I agree with what has been said and add that didn’t the team lose a good player to the heat and heart condition in Stringer a number of years ago also remember that is how AP is now a Viking because some thought he was injury prone SERIOUS CONSIDERATIONS, HUH????????????

  6. By Parkway on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1574888-new-helmet-rule-will-not-affect-adrian-peterson-much-if-at-all

  7. By Parkway on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

  8. By iaVIKE on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    No to Urlacher. I don’t disagree that he could mentor Audie Cole or any LB that we draft, but we also have one of the best LBs to ever play the game on the coaching staff….. Mike Singletary. Pretty sure they could learn a thing or two from him.

  9. By Parkway on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah I’d prefer not to pick up all of our division rivals’ old garbage.

  10. By iaVIKE on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    Exactly

  11. By DRS. on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    Vikings stadium: Minnesota adds e-bingo to boost sagging gambling revenue

    By Doug Belden

    Posted: 03/18/2013 12:01:00 AM CDT

    March 19, 2013 12:16 PM GMTUpdated: 03/19/2013 07:16:23 AM CDT

    http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_22819032/vikings-stadium-minnesota-adds-electronic-bingo-help-boost

  12. By DRS. on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    ” LB: I think it’s ultimately up to the owners and the organization to sort that out if we get there. I am, and the team is, under the assumption we’re at our cap, which is $477 million. We’re driving to get that retractable feature into the existing budget. We think there’s a pretty good chance of accomplishing that.’

    http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_22615091/minnesota-vikings-stadium-has-builder-next-big-decision?source=pkg

  13. By DRS. on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    For now, new Vikings stadium will be surrounded by … parking lots

    Marlys Harris | 03/20/13

    http://www.minnpost.com/cityscape/2013/03/now-new-vikings-stadium-will-be-surrounded-parking-lots

  14. By DRS. on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    “Vikings vice president Lester Bagley said Friday that the team plans to play at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium during the 2014 and 2015 seasons, while the team’s new stadium gets built at the Metrodome site in downtown Minneapolis.”

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/02/15/vikings-to-play-2-cold-seasons-in-outdoor-stadium/

  15. By DRS. on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    The Vikings better win a SB this year if they want it to be won while they are still in the dome, maybe it would be wise of the Vikings to pick up players who have played outdoor football in the last few years.

  16. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    If the Vikings want a “young” middle linebacker like B Urlacher ???…
    He is in the draft…
    His name is Arthur Brown…

    A Brown is getting a lot of buzz of late…Drawing Urlacher type of comparisons…

    _______________________________________

    Hops draft 1.0…

    first round…
    #23 WR- D Hopkins
    #25 LB- A Brown

    second round…
    #52 WR- R Woods

    third round…
    #83 DT- B Williams

    fourth round…
    #102 T/G/C- D Quessenberry
    #120 RB- M Lattimore

    fith round…
    #155 DT- A Spence

    sixth round…
    #189 CB- D Gratz

    seventh round…
    #213 WR- A Melette
    #229 P- B Wing
    #231 CB- Honey badger

  17. By DRS. on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    Greg Jennings: Brett Favre aided with Vikings contract

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000151625/article/greg-jennings-brett-favre-aided-with-vikings-contract

  18. By iaVIKE on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    Hop – No CB til the 6th? that would scare the shlt outta me, i think we have to take one within the first three rounds….first two if we don’t resign Winfield. Also don’t think Honey Badger will fall anywhere close to the 7th.

  19. By liito on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    1. Lotulelei’s NFL career hinges on his heart condition. He has another bout of cardiac testing on the first week of April. Will there be anyone who can say for sure that his heart’s ability to eject blood at 44% (acceptable within 55-70%), by echocardiogram, was only temporary, triggered by a multiple of possible factors. 2. Will there be a point in time, perhaps 5-10 years down the line, that physical exertion will be too much for his heart to take?
    3. This guy is like Kevin Williams during his younger days. I am intrigued if the Vikes will take him if he falls to 23. Be interesting to know where he lands.

  20. By Parkway on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    Hops draft 1.0…
    first round…

    #23 WR- D Hopkins – Use 25th pick for him, possibly trade down
    #25 LB- A Brown – Not bad, need BPA defensive guy here
    second round…
    #52 WR- R Woods – Would help ponder taking 2 WR early
    third round…
    #83 DT- B Williams- I’d rather see a Corner
    fourth round…
    #102 T/G/C- D Quessenberry – Good
    #120 RB- M Lattimore – Running backs becoming extinct
    fith round…
    #155 DT- A Spence Not another one
    sixth round…
    #189 CB- D Gratz
    seventh round…
    #213 WR- A Melette – I think he’ll be gone in the 4th/5th
    #229 P- B Wing – Bye Kluwe
    #231 CB- Honey badger – He’ll be long gone, probably in the 2nd.

  21. By Danish Viking on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    I think I’m just repeating myself, but I’m not the only one, so here goes:

    1st round: WR
    1st round: MLB
    2nd round: CB
    3rd round: DT
    4th round: OG
    4th round: WR
    With the remaining picks: Perhaps SS/FS/OLB, BPA or trade for future picks

    We’ll have to think about replacing Kevin Williams, Robison and Allen next year because of our cap-space and with JA and BR’s contract expirations, they will be obvious picks. I hope we sign Griffen and draft a top notch DE next year.

  22. By Richard1A on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    Urlacher yes, we won’t get him, won’t pay that much. Lotuliele yes as a 2nd 3rd or 4th draft pick, a heart operation and hes good to go.

  23. By Danish Viking on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    The order in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd round depends who’s available of course. If we have WR, MLB, CB and DT covered in the first three rounds, I’ll be very pleased, as those are the positions where I feel we need new starters. Obviously with the MLB and CB replacing Brinkley and Winfield, we still have a need at WR.

    The OG, second WR and safety is competition for our starters (and potential starters somewhere down the line) rather than immediate starters.

    I know our cap limit is close, but don’t we have a lot of players at the moment? Someone will have to be cut.

  24. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    My draft is set up to strengthen two major areas- WR and DT…

    I just think Winfield will return…
    But “rumor has it”…K Williams does not want to take a pay cut ???…

    That would leave a glaring hole at WR and DT…

    I want the Vikings stronger on the edge at WR…The Jennings signing helped…
    But still need another starter- and depth…

    DT without K Williams- will be a mess !…
    And I very much doubt Spielman will be held hostage to pay Williams 7.5 million…When his skill set is on the decline…

    It will be interesting come draft day ???…

    Can’t wait to see the Vikings strategies unfold !!!… :-)

  25. By Parkway on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    CB is more of a hole than DT

  26. By PurplHaze on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    Even though I wouldn’t consider DT a low need for our team, we most likely won’t trade up to draft this player. This draft is pretty deep at that position, and we can find quality late in the 1st round or in the 2nd round. Skol Vikings!

    IN RICK WE TRUST!!!

  27. By dryes on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    mlb is more of a hole than either dt or cb. anyone awake out there? most important position on defense is MLB

  28. By VikeNasty on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    I think they can get away with picking up WR and CB in the 1st and taking the LB in the second or later.

  29. By VikeNasty on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    I like @Danish Viking’s last post.

  30. By Goldvike on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    Should of kept Jasper Brinkley

  31. By dru on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    I CAN’T WAIT FOR DRAFT DAY VIKINGS NEED WR

  32. By Eggnog on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    We need more then WR if we can get this kid from UTAH man oh man Arron Rogers will be so scare !

  33. By Eggnog on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    I am trying to be positive but the Vikings loves left over QB Warren Moon , Jeff George , Jim Mc Mann , Randall Cuttingham , Gus Frerott , Mcnabb , Brad Johnson , Matt Cassel , Brett Farve so who’s next? Tom Brady , Matt Ryan ? I know coach Bill would love to have him or why the hick we never went after Alex Smith ? He’s younger then Cassel oh man .

  34. By Iowavikes on Mar 22, 2013 | Reply

    1. WR
    1. MLB
    2. DT
    3. CB
    4. WR
    5. OG
    6. CB
    7. LB
    7. FS
    7. OL

  35. By Iowavikes on Mar 22, 2013 | Reply

    I forgot the second 4th round… WR

  36. By BitterTrentDilfer on Mar 22, 2013 | Reply

    Draft hopes
    23: MLB: A. Brown, K. Minter, A. Olgetree. OR if sitting at 23 cb Xavier Rhodes, T. Austin.
    25: WR if Austin is not at 23, Patterson or Allen. If WR with first pick, whichever MLB above, if all gone DT Williams from Bama.
    Rd 2: Mathieu.

  37. By Vikings1 on Mar 22, 2013 | Reply

    @By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    My draft is set up to strengthen two major areas- WR and DT…

    I just think Winfield will return…
    But “rumor has it”…K Williams does not want to take a pay cut ???…

    That would leave a glaring hole at WR and DT…

    I want the Vikings stronger on the edge at WR…The Jennings signing helped…
    But still need another starter- and depth…

    DT without K Williams- will be a mess !…
    And I very much doubt Spielman will be held hostage to pay Williams 7.5 million…When his skill set is on the decline…

    It will be interesting come draft day ???…

    Can’t wait to see the Vikings strategies unfold !!!…
    ______________________________________________________________
    K. Williams’ unwillingness to take a pay cut could be his undoing come next year as he will be a FA. That would prompt me to draft a DT possibly with one of our 1st round picks with a WR being the other one. As you said it will be interesting to see what Spielman and company do come draft day!

  38. By dryes on Mar 23, 2013 | Reply

    Iowa vike with the best draft I’ve seen yet. Would like to see OG a round higher, if all went perfect..

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