Two-Deep Analysis: OT Keith Lumpkin

With spring camp over, ScarletReport.com is ready to look ahead to training camp with an in-depth, daily look at the depth chart. Going player by player, we break down the key players of training camp with an in-depth look today at tackle Keith Lumpkin.

Sophomore Keith Lumpkin came to Rutgers as a hulking project lineman and is now three years into his development. On or ahead of schedule, Lumpkin took a step forward in spring practice and will be one of the top young players to watch in training camp.

Spring Performance -- Spring was a breakout time for Lumpkin, who took over left tackle for Kaleb Johnson in the final week of camp. With the offensive line struggling to win at the line of scrimmage, coach Kyle Flood made a series of changes that improved the outlook of the position going into camp.

The most drastic change came at left tackle, where Lumpkin stepped in and protected well with Johnson moving inside. Rutgers kept the pressure off the quarterbacks with the new-look line and the running game improved in the final week.

Expected 2013 Role -- Lumpkin is going to see the field this season, but he has the potential to take over as the first-team left tackle. The last week of spring was a positive sign, but Lumpkin has more improvements to make before he can be trusted to take over for Kaleb Johnson at the position.

Lumpkin is a future starter and it could be this year or next year. He projects best as a left tackle, but can also play right tackle with his wingspan and size.

Scouting Report -- Size like Lumpkin's cannot be taught. A former basketball player, Lumpkin is light on his feet and has a wingspan that is a nightmare for defensive ends to navigate. Lumpkin, at 6-foot-8, is not expected to get bigger but can improve his conditioning to become an every-down player. Lumpkin is a good positional blocker off the edge in the run game and has good balance in pass protection.

Lumpkin is not an elite athletic and, though he can out-size his opponents, he can be out-quicked in pass protection. Lumpkin has experience against the top Rutgers pass rushers in the program, but needs more against top-level competition to acclimate himself to protection Gary Nova's blindside.

The Bottom Line -- Lumpkin brings talent, a good mind and a thirst to prove himself. In camp, he has to show that the evolution process is far enough to make drastic changes from the 2012 offensive line to get him playing time.


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