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NFL Draft News: Updates on Star Lotulelei, Giovani Bernard, & T.J. Moe

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Nov 10, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Utah Utes defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (92) reaches for Washington Huskies quarterback Keith Price (17) during the 2nd half at CenturyLink Field. Washington defeated Utah 34-15. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Utah definitive tackle Star Lotulelei is listed as the top prospect on ESPN Draft Analyst Todd McShay’s updated big board. He says Lotulelei needs some polish as a pass-rusher, but his natural gifts are clearly a cut above every other draft prospect. The 6’4” 320 lb mammoth is built for taking up two gaps as a 3-4 nose tackle, which is what many experts believe is his best fit at the NFL level. Fortunately for Lotulelei, many teams selecting in the top-10 are running or transitioning to the 3-4.

One of the sleepers of this year’s draft might just be Missouri receiver T.J. Moe. After posting 92 receptions for 1045 and six touchdowns in 2010 with Blaine Gabbert as his quarterback, Moe struggled to develop chemistry with the more “dual-threat” James Franklin, leading him to catch just 94 balls for 1048 yards and five TDs in his last two years in Columbia. Former NFL scout Bryan Broaddus said Moe “might be a hard guy to get rid of if you brought him on your squad.