Biography: Four-year starter awarded All-Conference and All-American honors last season and named OVC Defensive Player of the Year. Finished the season with totals of 64/19.5/11, also intercepting a pass. Junior totals included 63/22/12 when he was initially named as an All-Conference selection. Posted 48/8.5/3.5 as a sophomore.
Positives: Well-built defensive end moving up draft boards. Plays with good lean, quickly gets his hands up to protect himself, and displays a good change of direction. Fast off the edge, immediately alters his angle of attack, and gets a lot of force moving up the field. Displays multiple moves getting off blocks, keeps his feet moving on contact, and chases the action hard.
Negatives: Struggles getting off blocks once engaged at the point and handled by large lineman. Possesses a lean build and lacks natural bulk.
Analysis: Lane is a prospect whose game has significantly improved the past three seasons. He showed well in post season at the Senior Bowl and combine and is well thought of in the scouting community. Lane may need time to get accustomed to the speed and athleticism at the next level but offers size, growth potential, and could eventually develop into a very productive defensive end in a four-man front or as a two-gap player.
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