Utah’s 38-to-10 thrashing of Oregon in the PAC-12 championship was no surprise, they literally did it a few weeks ago also, but linebacker Devin Lloyd had his impact all over the field.
Continuing a theme that has gone on all season, Devin Lloyd has shown that he can do everything on the football field. During the conference championship, Lloyd had 7 tackles and an interception return for a touchdown.
The Utes beat the Ducks, a highly ranked Ducks team, twice this season by a combined score of 76 (!!) to 17. The loss led to a domino effect of Mario Cristobal leaving to coach the Miami Hurricanes and Kayvon Thibodeaux, a projected top-five pick, to commit to the 2022 NFL Draft.
Lloyd will have the perfect chance to prove his high draft rank in the Rose Bowl when Utah plays Ohio State. He will have a chance to add to his well-rounded stat line of 63 tackles, 7 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 4 interceptions.
The addition of Lloyd alongside the Dolphins 2021 selection for Walter Payton Man of the Year award Jerome Baker, would give the team two highly athletic linebackers that can do everything on the football field. The pair would be interchangeable at rushing the passer, covering tight ends and running backs, or simply just playing zone.
Lloyd would be incredible value in the second round and it would be a second straight year the team would likely land an immediate contributor on defense from the second round.