Where He Was Selected: TBD
Weight: 258 pounds
Philip Lutzenkirchen was a consistent performer over the past few seasons, making plays in the passing game and showing versatility as a lead blocker in an H-back role.
His versatility has created a lot of buzz about his draft status, but recent hip surgery (via al.com) that ended his senior season is a concern. Tight ends have to have durability to be effective in the NFL.
ESPN's Todd McShay had this to say about Lutzenkirchen (via al.com):
He's 6-3, 255, he doesn't have the ideal size necessarily, but I think he can be a productive X tight end, or a Joker, whatever you want to call it. He's a hard worker. He's not the fastest guy in the world, he's not the most athletic, but he has a knack for slipping off the line, getting open in play-action, he has a knack for catching the ball and getting to the end zone, making plays in the red zone. He's a smart, tough guy that if he can stay healthy at the next level, he can really contribute.
Route running and hands are Lutzenkirchen's strengths. He is an elite talent in the passing game who could see his draft stock rise as NFL teams look for a talented receiver at tight end.
He will be a solid pick for a team, but he will need a year to develop his size and aggression for the next level.