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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: DT Roy Lopez

  • The Draft Network
  • January 26, 2021
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Roy Lopez aligned as an interior defensive lineman for the Arizona defense. He is a sufficient athlete with regard to his quickness and agility. He plays with good natural leverage inside and also demonstrates physical toughness to take on double teams. He lacks good arm length but plays with good strength and power in his hands. He has some value on passing downs and has showing instances of playing with good hands to get to the football. 

Ideal Role: Developmental prospect.

Scheme Fit: 4-3 defensive scheme.


Written by Drae Harris

Games watched: USC (2020), Washington (2020), Colorado (2020)

Best Game Studied: Colorado (2020)

Worst Game Studied: USC (2020)

First-Step Explosion: His first-step explosion is average. In obvious passing situations, he does show good get-off to disrupt the play of the offense. 

Flexibility: He lacks flexibility overall. He doesn’t play with good band when he is on the edge. He is a shorter, compact player who shows moments of playing with good leverage.

Hand Counters: He needs to improve the consistency of using his hands. There are moments where he uses his hands well. However, because he isn’t a dominant player, playing with technique is important.  

Hand Power: He plays with good power in his hands. He uses a club and rip inside to get by linemen. He also uses his hands to push/pull and get to the quarterback.

Run Defending: He does a sufficient job defending the run. He can defeat single blocks, move laterally, and find the football. He struggles at times when he is double-teamed.

Effort: He plays the game with adequate effort. He plays a lot of snaps and it seemingly affects his motor throughout the game.

Football IQ: His overall football IQ is average. He doesn’t appear to have a good understanding of blocking schemes. 

Lateral Mobility: He isn’t a great athlete in terms of his lateral mobility. However, when he locates the ball, he shows the strength to disengage and get to the football. He struggles to get through trash inside due to his lack of good athleticism. 

Functional Strength: He needs to improve his functional strength for the NFL. He is not the biggest player, so getting stronger will help him while playing in the trenches. He does play with good strength in his hands, though.

Versatility: He lacks true versatility. He is only suited to play in a 4-3 scheme. He doesn’t have the skill set that would make him an asset in a 3-4.


TDN Consensus: To Be Determined

Drae Harris: 66/100

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