Supplemental Draft LB Lumpkin Will Hold Pro Day Wednesday, 19 Teams Interested
The NFL headlines today are dominated by the workout of former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon, but under the din of speculation about who will select and in which round, an unheralded prospect from the group of eight eligible players is garnering more interest than anyone expected last week.
Former Carson-Newman linebacker Larry Lumpkin will join Gordon, former TCU running back Ed Wesley, and former Boise State defensive back Quaylon Ewing-Burton to become the fourth prospect to hold a pro day before the NFL Supplemental Draft on Thursday. Aaron Wilson of scout.com reports that the workout will take place at Lumpkin's old school, Alma Bryant High School in Irvington, Alabama.
Wilson also reports some measureables that might make Lumpkin worth a surprise pick on Thursday if he can reproduce them on Wednesday. According to Wilson, Lumpkin has run a 4.57 40, benched 225 pounds 30 times and posted a 36" vertical, all at 6'0", 240 pounds.
To put that in perspective, Lumpkin's reported 40 time would have been the third-best among linebackers at the combine, behind only Mychal Kendricks and Zach Brown, both of whom went in the second round. It's also better than No. 9 overall pick Luke Kuechly.
Thirty bench press reps would have been tied for fourth-best among linebackers at the combine. A 36-inch vertical would have put Lumpkin among the top 10 linebackers at the combine. Just those three measureables would have made Lumpkin one of the more impressive physical specimens at linebacker among the combine participants.
Lumpkin's agent, Chris Martin, said that 19 teams have inquired about Lumpkin and will likely attend his workout:
The Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Houston Texans.
That amount of interest indicates that Lumpkin has a chance to get drafted, even though no one has projected him as a draftable project in the last week. Wilson does state that Lumpkin is projected as a late-round pick or priority free agent, but he had generated almost zero buzz until Wilson's report. If his workout comes anywhere near Wilson's reported number, Lumpkin should steal the supplemental draft headlines from Gordon tomorrow.
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