BIO: Three-year starter who broke out as a senior with numbers of 61/16/7. Named SEC Defensive Player of the Year in ‘03 and placed on several all- American teams. Junior numbers included 66/8.5/2.
POSITIVES: Hard-working inside plugger that took his game to another level as a senior. Possesses good first-step quickness, plays with excellent lean and gets leverage on opponents. Stays low, fights with his hands and keeps coming. Gets a good amount of momentum going, has a closing burst of speed and redirects to the action. Strong at the point and quickly locates the ball. Plays hurt and gets off the field to make a tackle.
NEGATIVES: More of a straight-line defender who lacks lateral movement skills. Has only a short area burst of speed.
ANALYSIS: Known as a defender that plays every snap as though it were his last, Lavalais went from a late-round draft pick into the top 45 selections with his play last season. Could be effective either on the nose or in the three-technique and his intensity should rub off on teammates.