Star Lotulelei makes most of opportunity in front of NFL scouts

Representatives from 31 NFL teams gathered at the pro day held at Utah on Wednesday, where 21 Utes players — joined by 12 other players from smaller schools in the area — went through a workout held indoors on FieldTurf.

This represented the first on-field workout in front of NFL scouts for Star Lotulelei, a player projected to be selected in the top half of the 2013 NFL Draft. A heart condition detected at the NFL Scouting Combine kept the defensive tackle from working out in Indianapolis. His workout Wednesday could nudge him back up draft boards.

Lotulelei measured in at 6-foot-3 1/4, 314 pounds at Utah’s pro day. He ran the 40-yard dash (after being advised not to run it, but doing so anyway since he desired to join the rest of his teammates who were running), and recorded times of 5.31 and 5.36 seconds. He had a 4.65-second short shuttle and did the three-cone drill in 7.66 seconds. Lotulelei had a 30-inch vertical jump and an 8-foot-9 broad jump. Lotulelei performed 38 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press, which would have tied Lotulelei with SMU’s Margus Hunt and Missouri Southern State’s Brandon Williams for most at this year’s combine.

Lotulelei worked out Wednesday at Utah’s pro day after seeing cardiologist Josef Stehlik, who was recommended to Lotulelei’s agent — Bruce Tollner — by the San Francisco 49ers. Lotulelei — who will continue to be monitored for the next two weeks — still has to go back to Indianapolis on April 15 for a recheck on his heart condition.

Defensive line coaches from the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers were on present to watch the workout.

Two other notable Utes worked out:

Joe Kruger, DE (6-6 3/8, 261) — Kruger — the younger brother of Paul Kruger, who was a member of the Super Bowl XLVII-champion Baltimore Ravens and just signed a lucrative free-agent contract with the Cleveland Browns — stood on all of his numbers from the combine. Kruger looked very good in the positional workouts.

Reginald Dunn, WR (5-9 3/8, 178) — Dunn ran the 40 in 4.25 and 4.26 seconds. He had a 36-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-1 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.36 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.85 seconds. Dunn had 17 lifts on the bench press. Dunn has never been a full-time starter, but his speed might get him a look by an NFL team in training camp.

Southern Utah quarterback Brad Sorensen — who was at the combine — came up to Salt Lake City to throw at Utah’s pro day.

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