The Lions are facing a potential void at the defensive tackle position and even if they do sign a few capable guys in free agency, they need to draft a young man with potential. Fotu fits that to a tee.
Fotu is a player that many thought could be a late first-round to mid-second round pick not too long ago. The hype surrounding him has lessened since those days, but he still has the potential to develop into a top tier defensive tackle in the NFL.
Though he doesn’t have the most impressive pass-rushing ability, the goods are there to where he can develop into a slightly above-average pass rusher.
Combining his potential to be a solid pass rusher with his already great run defense and play strength, Fotu could develop into a Pro-Bowl level defensive tackle. He would be capable of giving you a big lane-stuffer who mauls in the run game with a good possibility of providing interior pressure consistently.
In three years as a consistent force at defensive tackle for the Utes, Fotu managed to make 83 tackles. 83 tackles isn’t a bad number for an interior defensive lineman.
As mentioned above, Fotu has potential as a pass-rusher but the production isn’t all there yet as he only managed four sacks during his time in Utah. He has also shown the ability to disrupt passing lanes as he batted three balls out of the air for the Utes as well.
Fotu would probably be able to secure himself a regular spot among early-down rotations but could develop into a three-down interior lineman over the life of his rookie contract.