This guy thinks Larry Lumpkin is No. 1. [UPDATE]: No, he probably doesn't. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Larry Lumpkin sounds like a guy who sells paint for a living. That, or he's the dim-witted cartoon character you always see getting kicked in the nuts by a talking rabbit. You don't think inside linebacker when you see his name.
Yet, that is apparently what Larry Lumpkin is, an inside linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts after he had no takers in the 2012 Supplemental Draft last week.
The question now is, who is this guy? Is he just a body for camp, or does he actually have a shot at making the 53-man roster in September?
Prior to the Supplemental Draft, Lumpkin held a pro day at Carson-Newman, the school he played at last year after transferring from Alabama A&M. Some of you might recall that Alabama A&M produced Robert Mathis, who is one of their most famed alumni along with former Steelers great John Stallworth and American Idol season two winner Ruben Studdard.
Anyway, Lumpkin's pro day left many teams impressed, including (apparently) the Indianapolis Colts. Mocking The Draft's Damond Talbot did a post on Lumpkin's pro day back on July 11th. Talbot wrote:
According to an unnamed scout at the workout held by Lumpkin and Alma Bryant High School, he had a pretty impressive work out. He started off checking in at 6'0 even and 241 pounds. He looked in good shape according the source. He performed drills in front of a handful of scouts that were present, but his agent Chris Martin of OTG Sports Management has confirmed that he has spoken to roughly 22 teams as of today. The scout had him timed in the forty yard dash at 4.65 while a scout next to him had him at 4.69. So anywhere between the 4.65-4.69 range for the middle linebacker. He did not participate in the vertical because the facility did not have one, where he was at. He did the bench press of 225 pounds where he was able to bench it 27 times. His broad jump was 9'10 and he performed all the line backer drills ran by NFL scouts.Lumpkin is not a slouch by any means, he is a very athletic player, who the scout compared to a . He told me that Joe Mays compares well to Lumpkin as they are the same type of player. He wouldn't be surprised if a team was to use a pick on him.
Well, a team didn't use a pick on Lumpkin, and a likely reason being that his former coach at Alabama A&M, Jay Martin, told the local media in Huntsville that Lumpkin was sort of a lazy bum who didn't really care about football.
Still, the kid's got talent, and signing him as an undrafted rookie cares little risk for the Colts.
Also, the team is paper thin at inside linebacker. The starters right now are Pat Angerer and Kavell Conner. If one of them gets hurt, we are seriously looking at the interior of the Colts defense being manned by the likes of A.J. Edds and Scott Lutrus.
Something interesting to note: At his pro day (which was July 11), Lumpkin weighed in at 241 lbs. However, when the Colts signed him on July 13th, they listed him at 234 lbs.