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A CLOSER LOOK: Defensive tackle John Penisini

Player: DT John Penisini, Utah.

Pick: Round 6, 197 overall, from Colts.

Combine results: 23 reps in the bench press, 25.5 vertical jump

Stats/bio: A three-year player at Utah after two years at Snow College in Utah. 40 games, 22 starts at Utah. 15 tackles for loss, 5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. Primarily a run defender who uses big hands, long arms to control his area on the interior.

Interior D-line offseason roster

Returning: Da’Shawn Hand, John Atkins, Olive Sagapolu, Kevin Strong.

Analyst's take: Lance Zierlein, "Backup nose tackle with girth and anchor to clog the drain as a run stopper."

Tim Twentyman's take: Penisini is stout and strong in the middle at 318 pounds. He lined up mostly in the three-technique for the Utes, and I really love that he has a rugby background. He's a limited pass rusher, but Detroit will look for him to be a run stuffer and two-gap interior defender upfront. He's got strong hands and will improve his technique with NFL coaching.

Mike O'Hara's take: The Lions are looking to strengthen the run defense, and that was Penisini's strength.

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