Lolomana Mikaele   DT/NT   Arizona 

TALENT BOARD

 Round 2


 

STRENGTHS

Lolomana is a ready-made, push the pocket, disruptive defensive tackle who is very underrated at this point in the draft. Lolomana has the strength to handle double teams and the work ethic of a coal miner.  Lolomana will shut down the running game of his opponent all game long.  He is quick enough and fast enough to run speed backs down from behind.  Lolomana can shed a block and make a tackle in the hole quicker than most other defensive tackles in this draft.  He is smart, will smell out a screen pass and go with the back to cover him with the athleticism of a linebacker, but make no mistake about it... he is a defensive tackle.  He can be used as a nose guard in a 3-4 because of his strength and quickness, or you can use him at either defensive tackle positions in a 4-3.  He also can be used in 1-gap or 2-gap defensive line systems. Lolomana is the type of defensive lineman that every team needs to have a successful defense. He is a match-up nightmare for an offensive line. 

 

CONCERNS

Lolomana is a fifth year senior and the scouts and NFL coaches hate fifth year seniors.  He was suspended by his team at one point, but it was for team rules, which typically means late for practices/meetings or not showing up at all.  It seems he was embarrassed enough to change his ways on and off the field for his 5th year in college. He was not invited to the Senior Bowl or the combine and I would guess that is because he is the dreaded fifth year senior. Regarding Lolomana's on-field performance, I do see a lack in change of direction ability.  However, the kid is a worker. He will push the pocket and run a QB into other players for the sack, but he himself will not get many sacks. 

   

BOTTOM LINE

Lolomana is just a really good football player that can come in right away and impact for the team that drafts him.  I cannot explain to you why this kid was not asked to the Senior Bowl or to the combine when all his teammates around him were asked.  Lolomana was part of the reason Brooks Reed and Ricky Elmore were impact players for their college team.  He has as much talent, if not more, than Marvin Austin (DT North Carolina), but Lolomana was not invited to the Shrine Game either.  The reason can only be one thing.  He is a fifth year senior and they think he is too old to play in the NFL.  They must think he is close to forty years old!.  I'm here to tell you that Lolomana is 24 years old.  Is that the new cut off age for the NFL to draft players?  Seriously, you can't tell me that a team suspension means that a player will not be drafted.  If that's the case, half of this year's 1st rounders would not be drafted.  The only reason I don't put a 1st round grade on this kid is because he lacks the true change of direction skills to make many sacks at the next level.  Don't be fooled...Lolomana is an excellent defensive tackle and will be a core player for the team that drafts him.  

 

 The BS Detector 

 Drew Boylhart   April/11