Taking a closer look: Erik Lorig

Hello everyone, my name is Matt Staton, aka “pewtermatt,” and will be bringing you some exciting blogs and am excited to work with the wonderful staff of The Pewter Plank. I am going to start a short series of blogs that will be taking a closer look at the 2010 Bucs draft class, getting to know their strengths, weaknesses, and what the Bucs fans should expect from the 2010 rookies as they begin the rebuilding process here in Tampa. First on the list is the 7th round pick, 253th overall, defensive- end Erik Lorig.

Lorig is a 6’4”, 265 defensive end out of Stanford where he typically did not make much noise, only totaling 6 sacks over his 4 year career and 51 total tackles. Lorig is a bit undersized but has a tremendous first step off the line and can easily gain position on offensive linemen. He does not have great foot work and has difficult changing direction, usually a bull rush technique, something that will not work against even the most average offensive lineman. Lorig recently has signed a 4 year deal, showing the Bucs are willing to work and develop him over time to help his skill set and also to fill out his frame. Who knows, he may develop into a solid starting defensive end, by all means, the Bucs need one or two.

So what can the Buc fans expect out of Lorig this upcoming season? One word, nothing. Lorig may come if injuries rack up and may see extensive time on special teams, but becoming a break out player this year, it would take a miracle for him to do so. Does that mean he can’t do so, not at all. We have all seen what a late round pick can do, hello Tom Brady. But, don’t expect too much and look to the future for the development of Lorig.

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