Philip Lutzenkirchen: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Auburn TE

Matt Stein@MatthewJSteinCorrespondent IIApril 27, 2013

Philip Lutzenkirchen: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Auburn TE

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    The talent at the tight end position for the 2013 NFL draft is rather deep, and Philip Lutzenkirchen from Auburn simply adds to that depth.

    Lutzenkirchen certainly has one of the most difficult names in the NFL draft to pronounce, spell and remember. However, he'll bring plenty of good qualities to a franchise.

    Here are five things you need to know about the former Auburn tight end. 


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    Full Name: Philip Lutzenkirchen

    Birthday: June 1, 1991

    Hometown: Marietta, Georgia

    High School: Lassiter High School

    Major: Communications

    Year: Senior

    As a senior high school, Lutzenkirchen recorded 72 receptions, 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns. That's more receptions and yards than he had over the course of his entire career for the Auburn Tigers. ranked Lutzenkirchen as the No. 3 tight end prospect in the country.


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    Philip Lutzenkirchen's statistics are not going to impress you at first glance. He only had 59 career receptions and 628 yards in his entire four-year career at Auburn.

    However, Lutzenkirchen brings much more to the field than statistics, and he become a more complete player in each of his four seasons.

    2009 5 66 13.2 2
    2010 15 185 12.3 5
    2011 24 238 9.9 7
    2012 15 139 9.3 0

    All statistics courtesy of

Draft Process

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    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 258 lbs

    Arm Length: 33-1/4"

    Hand Size: 10-1/4"

    Combine Results

    40-yard dash: 4.94 seconds

    Bench press: 21 reps

    Vertical jump: 30.5"

    Broad jump: 112"

    3 cone drill: 7.15 seconds

    20-yard shuttle: 4.35 seconds

    Pro Day results

    40-yard dash: 4.98 seconds

    Vertical jump: 32"

    It was a hard showing at the NFL Combine for Philip Lutzenkirchen. He struggled to prove that he has much athletic ability at all.

    His pro day at Auburn wasn't much better, as he actually ran a slower 40-yard dash than he did at the combine.

    All combine results courtesy of

    All pro day results courtesy of

Interesting Facts

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    Even though Philip Lutzenkirchen only managed 59 career receptions, he recorded the most touchdowns for a tight end in Auburn history with 14. That's a touchdown every 4.2 receptions, which is just ridiculous.

    Lutzenkirchen also has 19 letters combined in his first and last name, which is the most ever by an Auburn player.


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    Since Philip Lutzenkirchen isn't the biggest name in the NFL draft, there aren't many people on social media talking about him. However, Lutzenkirchen could end up being one of the best follows on Twitter in the NFL in the not-too-distant future.

    For example, Lutzenkirchen lets us know about incredible TV:

    The first couple seasons of boy meets world are so dang good. Corey and Topanga forever.

    — Philip Lutzenkirchen (@lutzenkirchen) April 18, 2013

    He also gives us some randomness:

    Holy white boy basketball!

    — Philip Lutzenkirchen (@lutzenkirchen) April 9, 2013

    And finally, Lutzenkirchen shows us that he has fantastic taste in movies:

    Man I love Space Jam #favoritemovie

    — Philip Lutzenkirchen (@lutzenkirchen) April 5, 2013