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Derrick Lott 2015 NFL Draft scouting report

Scouts are always looking for small school gems. Is this FCS defensive lineman one of them?

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Derrick Lott

  • Position: Edge Setter (ES)
  • Class: Senior (redshirt)
  • College: UT-Chattanooga
  • Ht/Wt: 6'4", 314 pounds

Scouting Report

Derrick Lott is a former Georgia player who transferred to Chattanooga after seeing very little action on the field his first three years in school. He found some success playing there, albeit against weaker competition. The 6'4" Lott played defensive tackle in school, but he might be best suited for setting the edge as a five-technique end as a pro. Lott flashes good core power, but he often failed to capitalize on it by playing with too high of a stance. Lott mainly relies on a good bull rush technique for attacking linemen, but he hasn't really developed any of his other moves very far. He sometimes flashed a rip move with good results.

Lott has good balance to make awkward plays, and is a solid wrap-up tackler. He closes on runners in a hurry, especially relative to his size. While Lott showed some good physical qualities, he didn't consistently control the pace of his one-on-one matchups in the tape that I watched.


Lott finally started putting together a solid resume once he moved to the FCS, but is that good enough to make him a future starter? I'm not convinced. He's strong and has good size, but he's already 24 years old, and parts of his game are still underdeveloped. He also didn't dominate any of his opponents, and wasn't even an every-down player on the defense. I'm grading him as an NFL backup, with a grade around the sixth round. I also think that his best NFL fit is setting the edge as a two-gap lineman. He has the requisite size and strength to hold up at the position, and he wouldn't be asked to contribute as much to pass rushing.