Scott Lutrus Scouting Report
|Height & Weight:||6'3 - 245 lbs.|
2011 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Scott Lutrus, ILB, Connecticut
The good times kept rolling in 2008 as Lutrus was once again the starter at the strongside linebacker spot. He led the squad with 106 tackles and was named to the Second-Team All-Big East Conference squad. The expectations were high heading into 2009; and rightfully so. However, Lutrus was injured during the season opener and struggled for quite some time to overcome that injury. On the year he started just six games and tallied 69 tackles. When Lutrus was healthy and playing by the end of the year he was back to his old ways, but when he was again injured early in the 2010 campaign, his overall health became an issue. Yet again Lutrus has been relatively productive when he has been on the field during his senior campaign, but he missed three contests and NFL scouts are starting to wonder if he can stay healthy.
Lutrus' versatility should get him drafted in April. It may be in the late rounds, but somebody should be willing to take a chance on him. Lutrus is not just a linebacker who can come up and tackle people or occasionally blitz and cause some havoc in the backfield. This season Lutrus has stayed on the field when the Huskies would usually replace him and bring in a nickelback. Instead, they trust his pass coverage enough to allow him to stay in and pick up a wide receiver in coverage. At the least, Lutrus should be a versatile linebacker in the NFL who should not have much trouble picking up tight ends or running backs on passing downs.
12/20 Update: The Huskies got the job done by knocking off Cincinnati and South Florida in the final two weeks of the season. The result is a trip to the Fiesta Bowl and a date against perennial powerhouse Oklahoma. UConn are heavy underdogs in the New Year's Day contest, but even in a loss, Lutrus can gain some national exposure. Lutrus came up big in the two must win games for the Huskies to close the season. The Oklahoma offense will provide a much stiffer challenge, but if Connecticut can hang around and keep the game close, it will have to be because of the defense containing Oklahoma's explosive offense.
3/27 Update: As expected, Lutrus did not blow anybody away during the pre-draft workouts. His strengths are not measurable and that allowed some other linebackers to move up and pass him on many draft boards. Yet, the more game tape a team watches, the more they will like Lutrus. The NFL combine was not the place for him to show off his game and Lutrus will have to hope that some NFL team likes his leadership and instincts enough to take a shot at him in the fifth or sixth round.