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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Derek Lokey

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 288 | College: Texas
 
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Overview

A consummate team player, Derek Lokey brought a physical presence to the defensive line, teaming with Frank Okam to give the Longhorns the most dominant 1-2 punch at the defensive tackle position in the Big 12 Conference. A student of the game and in the classroom, he also earned Academic All-American, All-Big 12 Conference, All-District VI and Texas' Athletic Director's Honor Roll recognition the last three years.

Whether playing over the center at nose guard or angling over an offensive guard as a defensive tackle, Lokey proved capable of collapsing the pocket, generating 14 quarterback pressures in his final year and had a total of 30 in 21 career starts. In addition to excelling on defense, he was often utilized as the team's fullback in short-yardage and goal-line situations. Further adding to his versatility, he saw action as a deep snapper on field goals and extra-point attempts.

Lokey lettered four times in football at Ryan High School, where he earned Class 4A Texas Player of the Year honors from Dave Campbell's Texas Football. He led the team to a 29-3 record in his final two seasons, picking up first-team All-Dallas-Fort Worth Area honors as a senior.

He was named Defensive MVP and first-team All-District 6-4A after leading his team to a 14-2 record and the Class 4A Division II state title game, as he recorded 107 tackles, 52 stops for losses and 17 sacks as a senior, while also making two receptions for two touchdowns as a tight end. He notched 12 tackles, five stops behind the line of scrimmage and a sack in the state championship game.

As a junior, Lokey was selected District 6-4A Defensive Newcomer of the Year honors. He led the squad to a 15-1 record and the Class 4A Division II Championship and also was named first-team All-State by the Texas Sports Writers Association, as he posted 148 tackles, 49 stops for losses, seven sacks, six caused fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

Lokey threw the discus and shot put for the track team all four years, finishing third at the state Class 4A meet in the discus as a junior and fourth as a sophomore. He also played basketball as a freshman and sophomore.

Lokey played mostly on special teams, seeing limited action at defensive tackle in 11 games as a true freshman at Texas in 2004. He finished his first season with 10 tackles (four solo), an assisted sack, three stops for losses and five quarterback pressures. He saw more playing time on the team's 10th-ranked squad (302.9 yards per game in total defense) in 2005, making 17 tackles (nine solo) with a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage and a pair of pressures in 11 games as a reserve in 2005.

Lokey took over nose guard duties for the Longhorns in 2006, starting eight games before missing the rest of the season with a right leg fracture. He posted 24 tackles (12 solo), assisted on a sack and delivered four stops for losses. He also recovered a fumble and came up with nine pressures.

As a senior, Lokey started all 13 games, again lining up at nose guard. He was in on 50 tackles (25 solo) and 14 pressures while also making nine stops behind the line of scrimmage, including one sack. The All-Big 12 Conference first-team selection was also chosen the team's Outstanding Defensive Lineman.

In 43 games at Texas, Lokey started 21 contests. He finished with 101 tackles (50 solos), three sacks for minus-23 yards and 18 stops for losses of 52 yards. He totaled 30 quarterback pressures and recovered a fumble. He also deflected three passes and caught one pass for a 2-yard touchdown while lining up at fullback in the 2007 Holiday Bowl.

Analysis

Positives: Has a thick upper body with big hips, large thighs and calves and a frame that can carry at least another 20 pounds with no loss in quickness … Has the raw power and strong hand swipes to simply destroy interior blockers in one-on-one situations and shows a very strong anchor and good leg drive to split double teams … Has excellent lower-body strength to drive through and push the lead blocker backward … Shows loose hips and good twisting motion, along with a nifty spin move to escape from a lethargic blocker and push the pocket … Plays with good leverage and uses good arm-over to hold his ground firmly vs. movement from larger blockers … Has enough change-of-direction agility to create a crease and also moves well laterally working in space … Plays with above-average balance and base, as blockers struggle to get him off his feet … One of the strongest players in college football (510-pound bench press) … Has a great passion for the game, bringing added value with his time spent as a fullback blocking in short-yardage situations and can also fill in as a deep snapper for field goals and PATs … Might not explode into the backfield, but he drives hard out of his stance and into the blocker, engaging with forceful hand swipes … Very effective at disrupting the pocket when he takes a slant off the line … Has the strong lower body to anchor and prevent blockers from washing him out … Plays with good base and balance, as it is rare to see him knocked down … Does a good job of driving through his tackles and will generally finish when he gets his mitts on a ball carrier.

Negatives: Undersized nose guard, but plays with a high motor … Has just adequate initial quickness off the snap and is not a legitimate pass rusher, but is a patient defender who is best served waiting for the action to come to him in the trenches … Bites on play-action and pump fakes … Takes false steps at the line of scrimmage trying to locate the ball, but size limitations prevent him from scanning the field when caught in trash … Has very good academic ability, but must be quicker with his read-and-diagnosis skills … Has a strong hand punch, but needs to keep his hands inside his frame (when they get wide, he is slow to disengage) … Not really that creative coming off blocks and is more of a collision-type tackler … Gets too occupied trying to overpower the offensive linemen and needs to bounce off blocks and flow to the ball with more consistency.

Compares To: KELLY GREGG-Baltimore … Undersized for the classic defensive tackle position, both players use their raw power, strong base and good balance to be disruptive forces taking on interior blockers. Lokey will get caught out of position and bite on fakes, but he's relentless closing on the ball and has no problems splitting double teams. He simply destroys guards and centers in one-on-one confrontations and brings added value as a short-yardage fullback and as an emergency deep snapper. He won't be a star at the next level, but with his fire in his belly, he will be an asset to any team.

Career Notes

During his career in the starting lineup (21 games), Lokey registered 74 tackles (37 solo) with 1.5 sacks for minus-5 yards, 13 stops for losses of 25 yards, 23 quarterback pressures, three pass breakups and a fumble recovery.

2007 Season

All-Big 12 Conference first-team selection by the Austin American-Statesman, adding second-team honors from the league's coaches, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News and honorable mention from the Associated Press … ESPN Academic All-American and Academic All-District VI first-team pick … Also garnered Academic All-Big 12 and UT Athletic Director's Honor Roll for the third-straight year … Member of the Lombardi Award, Lott Trophy, Nagurski Award and Outland Trophy watch lists … Recipient of one of UT's D. Harold Byrd Leadership Awards, the Coca-Cola Community Service Award, one of the Dr. Nasser Al-Rashid Strength & Conditioning Awards and was named Texas' Most Consistent Defensive Player and Outstanding Defensive Linemen … Helped the Longhorns allow just 99.3 rushing yards per game, the 10th-best total in the major college ranks … Voted team captain, starting all thirteen games at nose guard … Recorded a career-high 50 tackles (25 solo) with a three-yard sack, nine stops for losses of 18 yards and fourteen quarterback pressures.

2007 Game Analysis

Assisted in sacking QB Corey Leonard for a two-yard loss and posted three tackles vs. Arkansas in the season opener … Added four tackles (two solo tackles) with a pair of pressures in the Texas Christian clash … Was in on three stops and a pressure vs. Central Florida and registered a stop behind the line of scrimmage and a pressure vs. Rice … Posted five hits (3 solos) with a stop for a four-yard loss and a pressure vs. Kansas State … Recorded five stops, including one for a three-yard loss, two pressures and a pass break-up vs. Oklahoma … Made five tackles (three solo), deflected a pass and added a pressure vs. Iowa State … Tallied three tackles, an assisted sack and two pressures vs. Baylor … Registered three tackles, a stop behind the line of scrimmage and a pass deflection vs. Nebraska … Recorded a career-high eight tackles (4 solos), including two stops for losses of five yards vs. Oklahoma State and also played fullback vs. the Cowboys … Notched five tackles and a pressure vs. Texas A&M in the season finale … Closed out his career experiencing every lineman's dream, catching a two-yard touchdown pass from Colt McCoy while lined up at fullback, and collected five tackles (three solo) with a stop behind the line of scrimmage and a pressure vs. Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl.

2006 Season

Academic All-Big 12 and All-District choice, adding UT Athletic Director's Honor Roll … Started the team's first eight games at nose guard before he suffered a right leg fracture vs. Nebraska that would sideline him for the final five contests … Helped the team rank third in the nation in rush defense (61.2 yards per game), as he registered 24 tackles (12 solo) with an assisted sack for minus-2 yards and four stops for losses of seven yards … Credited with nine pressures and recovered one fumble … Also served as UT's fullback in short yardage and goal line situations.

2006 Game Analysis

Made three tackles vs. North Texas … Recorded four tackles, including a stop for a loss and two pressures vs. Ohio State … Added two tackles at Rice and notched three tackles and a pressure vs. Iowa State … Had two tackles and a pressure vs. Sam Houston State … Posted four tackles, including a stop for a loss vs. Oklahoma … Registered two tackles, including a two-yard sack, a fumble recovery and three pressures vs. Baylor … Made four tackles with a stop for a two-yard loss vs. Nebraska before leaving with a season-ending broken leg.

2005 Season

Played in the team's last eleven games as a reserve defensive tackle … Part of a defense that ranked 10th nationally in total defense (302.9 yards per game), eighth in scoring defense (16.4 points per game), eighth in passing defense (172.0 yards per game) and 33rd in rushing defense (130.9 yards per game) … Made 17 tackles (nine solos), with a 15-yard sack, two stops for losses of 16 yards and a pair of pressures.

2005 Game Analysis

After missing the first two games of the season vs. Louisiana-Lafayette and Ohio State due to a fall camp foot sprain, he opened his season with a tackle vs. Rice … Added two hits vs. Missouri and tallied four tackles vs. Oklahoma … Notched two tackles vs. Colorado and posted four tackles, including a 15-yard sack, and a pressure at Oklahoma State … Posted one tackle, including a stop for a one-yard loss vs. Baylor … Added one tackle in each of the Kansas, Texas A&M and Southern California (National Championship Game) games.

2004 Season

Appeared in 11 games as a backup at defensive tackle and played on special teams … Helped the defense allow just 320.1 yards per game, including 107.4 rushing yards, as he recorded 10 tackles (four solo), an assisted sack for a three-yard loss, three stops for minus-11 yards and five pressures.

2004 Game Analysis

Posted two tackles and a pressure vs. North Texas … Registered two tackles and a pair of pressures vs. Rice … Recorded one tackle and one pressure vs. Baylor … Tallied two tackles vs. Missouri … Had one pressure at Colorado and one tackle vs. Oklahoma State … Notched his first career sack at Kansas and registered a fourth-quarter stop behind the line of scrimmage vs. Michigan in the Rose Bowl.

Injury Report

2005: Sat out the Louisiana-Lafayette (9/03) and Ohio State (9/10) games after he suffered a right foot sprain during fall camp.

2006: Suffered a right leg/fibula fracture vs. Nebraska (10/21). Underwent surgery, sitting out the team's final five games vs. Texas Tech (10/28), Oklahoma State (11/04), Kansas State (11/11), Texas A&M (11/24) and Iowa (12/30).

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.94 in the 40-yard dash … 510-pound bench press … 625-pound squat … 390-pound power clean … 30-inch vertical jump … 8'8" broad jump … 32 1/8-inch arm length … 9 7/8-inch hands.

High School

Attended Ryan (Denton, Tex.) High School, playing football for head coach Joey Florence … Lettered four times in football … Earned Class 4A Texas Player of the Year honors from Dave Campbell's Texas Football … Led the team to a 29-3 record in his final two seasons, picking up first-team All-Dallas-Fort Worth Area honors as a senior … Named Defensive MVP and first-team All-District 6-4A after leading his team to a 14-2 record and the Class 4A Division II state title game, as he recorded 107 tackles, 52 stops for losses and 17 sacks as a senior, while also making two receptions for two touchdowns as a tight end … Notched 12 tackles, five stops behind the line of scrimmage and a sack in the state championship game that year … Earned District 6-4A Defensive Newcomer of the Year honors, as he led the squad to a 15-1 record and the Class 4A Division II Championship as a junior … Named first-team All-State by the Texas Sports Writers Association, as he posted 148 tackles, 49 stops for losses, seven sacks, six caused fumbles and four fumble recoveries that year … Threw the discus and shot put for the track team all four years, finishing third at the state Class 4A meet in the discus as a junior and fourth as a sophomore … Also played basketball his freshman and sophomore campaigns … Honor Roll student who maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA … Tabbed a first-team Academic All-State selection in 2003 … Member of the National Honor Society and finished in the top 10 percent of his class … Helped set up and organize canned food drives and blood drives during his junior and senior years … Active member of his local church youth group.

Personal

Graduated with a degree in Sports Management in December 2007 (three-and-a-half years) and is a three-time Academic All-Big 12 Conference choice and member of UT's Athletics Director's Honor Roll … Active in the Longhorns' community service program … Is part of a group of Texas players that regularly visits patients at the Austin Children's Hospital … Volunteered as a phone operator at the Children's Miracle Network telethon … Father, Eric, was an All-America linebacker at Stephen F. Austin (1984-88) and his uncle, Kelly, was an offensive lineman at Stephen F. Austin (1992-96) … Born 11/25/85 in Nacogdoches, Texas … Resides in Denton, Texas.

 
 

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