Derrick Lott is an interesting prospect out of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is a small school prospect with division one talent. In fact, he started his college career at the University of Georgia. Lott is a late round prospect that could be a good rotational player for the Lions defensive line if they choose to add two defensive tackles in the draft.
Lott is a player that many teams worry about. He has talent to play at the next level, but he has injury concerns. He also comes into the league as an older player. He will be 25 before the season starts, so how much upside does he have? None of these concerns will stop him from getting a shot in the NFL, but they will make teams think of him as a rotational player until he can solidify his injury concerns.
Derrick Lott has good size at 6’4 and 314lbs. He has long arms and a solid build. He plays with good leverage for a man of his size, and he has good strength and balance. According to CBSsports.com, some of his strengths are his patience, tackling and his short area quickness. His weaknesses though are that he is slow off the ball, he has poor speed and his hands are sub-par in passing lanes.
So what makes Lott a prospect worthy of drafting? Lott has a nice combination of playing ability and measurables. He was an impact player in his short time at Georgia, but injuries pushed him out of playing time. After transferring to Tennessee Chattanooga, he dominated the competition. Reading reviews from scouts, he does not seem to be a player who takes snaps off. He seems like a CJ Mosely in that he is a quality player who can get the job done, but he will not be another Ndamukong Suh. In today’s NFL, defensive linemen rotate regularly so teams need players like Lott, especially if they come in the late rounds as Lott is expected to.
Expanding on that, below are Lott’s combine numbers to help illustrate my point.
|40 Yard Dash
||3 Cone Drill
||20 Yard Shuttle
As you can see, Lott ran just under 5.00 in the 40 which is pretty good for a man of his size. His bench press numbers are not great but not too bad either. What really stands out are his jumps and his agility tests. His broad jump and vertical are very low for defensive tackles. It shows a lack of explosion which is something he was knocked for in scouting reports. His shuttle and 3 cone indicate that quickness that was mentioned above. According to mockdraftable.com, he scored in the 83rd percentile for his 20 yard shuttle and in the 88th percentile in the 3 cone drill. That means that he is in the top of his position group in terms of quickness which you need in the NFL.
Overall, Lott is a typical late round prospect. His measurables indicate that he has average strength and very little explosiveness, but that he is very quick. A quick defensive tackle with good size like Derrick Lott has can be an excellent choice in the later rounds where depth is a primary concern. His strength can be worked with in the weight room. Scouts do not see him as a quick twitch athlete which means he will have to work hard to be successful at the next level. His age and injury woes indicate that he will not be a long term player, but he can be a good depth or rotational addition.