PROS: Is quick off the snap and able to get leverage vs. the run because of it. Shows nice ability as a bull rusher with a decent inside swim move. Works best in the 5-technique. Shows a good motor. Has nice recognition and does a good job on outside contain.
CONS: Lacks speed to challenge as an edge pass rusher. Needs to do a better job getting off blocks. At times will get pushed off the ball and can be a bit undersized at the point of attack.
OVERVIEW: He is a good fit as a 3-4 end and could be considered a poor man's Aaron Smith. He was limited to only 5 games this past year due to a groin injury, but finished year with 3.5 TFL and 1 sack. Two previous years, he combined for 20 starts, 13.5 TFLs, 5 sacks, and 76 tackles. Began career as a backup tight end his freshman year. Had 3 catches and 6 special teams tackles.
NFL FORECAST: If he can get healthy, he's a nice developmental 3-4 end. He has the potentail to be a good starter, but I think will need to bulk up and get stronger. He could also work as a 4-3 tackle, but you're probably talking only about a rotational guy rather than a starter. He is a good, not great run stopper that with improved technique should become a lot better there. He's a guy that teams will like in their rotations and should stick. He's not going to be a factor as a pass rusher, and even as a starter in a 3-4, would be lucky to get 3 or 4 sacks in a season. But he can make some plays because of his effort and motor.
ATL FORECAST: Lorig would have to move inside for the Falcons long-term, although he could potentially offer something immediately as a run-stopping end on first and second down. But he's a fairly limited player that won't be an impact pass rusher outside, so eventually he would have take up residence inside. I think he could stick in Atlanta as an interior player because they will like his motor, but there are probably more athletic options that have the ability to contribute sooner. At best, you're probably talking about a fairly decent fourth tackle working at under tackle. But not sure he offers more upside inside than some of the team's current reserves.
VALUE: As a 3-4 end, Lorig if healthy merits a fifth round pick. The injury might knock him back a round or two.
Scouting reports of defensive ends in the 2010 draft.
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