Welcome to the fourth installment in our 2016 NFL Draft Rutgers profile series. For the past few days, we have been taking a closer look at each of the draft-eligible Rutgers players, for the sole reason that the New England Patriots are so keen on the Rutgers pipeline. Today, we’re examining former Rutgers left tackle Keith Lumpkin.
[Editor’s note: Credit is given to CBS Sports for scouting information.]
At 6-foot-7, 327 pounds, Lumpkin is a mammoth and possesses the ideal physical traits of an NFL left tackle. Considering the Patriots’ need to bolster depth at the left tackle and invest in youth at the position, Lumpkin comes to mind as a potential target in the 2016 NFL Draft.
As you might expect, the strengths of Lumpkin’s game are derived from his immenses size. He swallows up small pass rushers who don’t possess adequate quickness, and even then, Lumpkin can hold his own; he was an accomplished high school basketball player averaging 15 points per game.
The main knock on Lumpkin is he doesn’t use his length well enough at times as a result of not being as flexible as scouts would hope. Although he is athletic for a big man, Lumpkin doesn’t stack up well against talented pass rushers who can cut on a dime.
The Patriots may mull over drafting Lumpkin in the later rounds and give him a chance to fight for a spot on the practice squad. His physical traits may be too tempting to pass up.
Be sure to stop by Musket Fire tomorrow morning as we take a closer look at former Rutgers outside linebacker Quentin Gause.