With three games left in the NFL regular season, the Kansas City Chiefs are trending toward the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. ESPN draft guru Todd McShay's latest mock draft points to the Chiefs selecting Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei with the first pick.
While some experts think the Chiefs might be considering West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, the latest from McShay points to Lotulelei on the other side of the ball. Lotulelei is a 6'4", 320-pound tackle who has anchored the defensive line for the Utah Utes for the past three seasons.
In his 2012 senior campaign, Lotulelei recorded 42 tackles, 10 for loss, with five sacks and three forced fumbles. Utah's rush defense ranked 22nd nationally, allowing 128 rushing yards per game.
"Lotulelei will never be an elite pass-rusher," McShay writes, "but he is strong against the run and has the quickness and power to collapse the pocket."
In his college career, Lotulelei totaled 107 tackles, seven sacks, five pass breakups, and four forced fumbles.