Indianapolis Colts Sign Undrafted Linebacker Larry Lumpkin
After Josh Gordon was the only supplemental draft prospect selected on Thursday, we expected another prospect to catch on with an NFL team quickly. That indeed happened, but instead of former first-time all Mountain West running Ed Wesley, it was former first-team all-South Atlantic conference linebacker Larry Lumpkin.
The Colts are quite possibly the best team that Lumpkin could have signed with in terms of opportunity and competition. He's athletic and versatile enough to fit well at one of the inside linebacker spots in defensive coordinator Greg Manusky's 3-4 scheme.
Indianapolis has two of the most inexperienced starters in the league at inside linebacker. Kavell Conner and Pat Angerer have a combined four years in the league and zero years in a 3-4 defense.
In the short term, Lumpkin's competition for a roster spot is journeyman Kevin Bentley, 2010 Miami Dolphins' fourth-round bust AJ Edds and two 2011 undrafted free agents who have bounced around the league with no significant experience, Mario Harvey and Scott Lutrus.
At the very least, Lumpkin has a good chance of sticking with the Colts practice squad with a good camp, with a possible early call-up during the season if none of the ragtag group of potential backup linebackers take to Manusky's defense.
The outcome of Lumpkin entering the supplemental draft couldn't have gone much better for him if he had been selected, and the Colts got an additional prospect at a position of need for free.
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