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2023 NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Report: Fabien Lovett, DT, Florida State

Fabien Lovett is a strong, disruptive defensive lineman and a quality run defender for Florida State. Keep an eye on him this season, as he expects to develop into a quality draft prospect. Hula Bowl scout, Bryan Ault breaks down Lovett’s strengths and weaknesses in this article.

Player Data

Name, Jersey #Fabien Lovett, #0
School (Code)FLST
DOB, Class Yr10/5/1999, 5th Year Junior
Height, Weight6035, 309
40 Yd Dash5.25
Arms, Hands3412, 1038
Season Viewed (yr)2021
Games WatchedNFWF, NCST, FLMI 
Scout Name / DateBryan Ault – 8/29/2022

Per Year Stats (Most Recent First)
202111 GP, 28T, 10 Solo, 2 Sacks 
20208 GP, 14T, 6 Solo, 1Sack 
201913 GP, 19T, 1 Sack
20182 GP (no stats)-redshirted

Player Summary:
RS Jr. Transferred from MSST. Three-year starter at DL for the Seminoles. Raw DT prospect who exhibits strength v. run and an athletic, muscular frame with room to grow. Looks in good shape and appears to like the gym. Above average vs the run. Flashes good lateral movement skills, pursuit abilities, and takes good angles to ball carriers. Has a good first step/get-off, has good length, can lock out and disengage off blocks and wrap up.  Good when used on stunts/twists but isn’t utilized much there by the coaching staff. Will flash moments where he does a really good job of attacking half-man/inside shoulder of blockers and penetrating the front, needs to do this more consistently. As a pass rusher, he is below-average and needs improvement; recorded just two sacks last season. Will pop up out of his stance at the snap instead of coming off with a flat back. Plays too high and doesn’t bend naturally due to his elongated frame. Is often too late with his hand placement vs. both run and pass, leaving his chest exposed to blockers. Doesn’t really take on double team blocks. Displayed a swim move only once in the games viewed; primarily just a bull rusher who needs to develop some pass rush tools, could be due to coaching. Has an up-and-down motor. Raw player as a whole and needs time to develop.

Scheme Fit:
2/2i technique in a 3-4 scheme.

Power Statement:
Fabien is a stout run defender who needs to develop more skills as a pass rusher to add value to an NFL team.

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