Pros: Has good strength and potential to hold the point of attack. Has a nice motor and plays with good recognition. Has a decent first step that makes him an effective bull rusher.
Cons: Lacks speed and quickness and won't beat anyone off the edge. Needs to get off blocks better. Can be inconsistent when playing in space, breaking down, and making the stop when playing contain.
Overview: Lucas is an undersized end that plays more like a defensive tackle than end. Started 20 games at Colorado, finishing with 4 career sacks.
NFL Forecast: Bulk him up and make him either a 3-4 DE or a 4-3 DT. I think he could be better in the former since it's probably only another 15-20 pounds he'd need. He could be a decent option in a rotation, but lacks the upside to start. Put him on a practice squad for a year or two as he gets bigger and you might have a player in a few seasons. BUt he'll never be a star, but a decent fourth tackle option.
ATL Forecast: He could contribute to the Falcons down the road, but is probably two or three years from that. Could play inside in the Falcons 4-3 scheme, but probably would need to get up to around 290 or so pounds to fit there. And not sure how good a player he'll be. Might be good enough to make the roster as a fourth tackle and give the team 15-20 snaps per game, but he's not going to be a pass rusher or run stuffer, just a guy that can contribute minutes as an effort player.
Value: Don't draft him, but sign him and see if you can develop him on the practice squad for a few years.
Scouting Reports of defensive ends in the 2009 NFL Draft.
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