Unlike Boerigter Jesse Lumsden Could Be Drafted

Running back Jesse Lumsden from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario could be the best prospect to come out of a Canadian university in over a decade. The scat back could become a first day draft pick next April.

Lumsden rushed for over 1,800 yards this season in just eight games. In those eight games, Lumsden had six 200-yard rushing games and 4 over 250 yards. And for the season, Lumsden averaged a remarkable 10.2 yards per carry this fall running against defenses usually stacked to stop the McMaster ground game.

Lumsden is 6-2 220 and has impressive speed (4.4) for a player that size and had several offers to go to Division 1-A schools. However, he decided to stay in Canada because McMaster promised to keep him at RB, whereas U.S. schools wanted to convert him to defensive back.

While he's obviously fast, Lumsden is also very quick for a back that size; he's an instinctive runner with good vision who almost always makes the first defender miss; he's also got terrific up field acceleration when he sees the crease and is a good blocker who isn't afraid to get his uniform dirty.

He's a technically sound pass protector who sets up well in the pocket with a solid base, gets some knee bend, and keeps his shoulders squared. Lumsden is also a good receiver but plays in a offense doesn't get him that many reps. For good measure, Lumsden was also a dangerous kick returner early in his career when he averaged over 35 yards on kickoff returns during his freshman and sophomore campaigns.

There are of course some concerns Lumsden's style, its that he tends to run too high and needs to do a better job moving the pile. Canada players are generally smaller than the big time NCAA programs and have fewer coaches on their staffs and no spring practice. There also don't have the emphasis on weight training and film study.

What Lumsden will be hoping for invitation to the East-West Shrine all-star game in San Francisco. Obviously, he'd be thrilled to get an invite to the scouting combine in Indianapolis in late February, although that would appear to be something of a long-shot.

If Lumsden does get the opportunity to show his stuff in front on NFL scouts, he's likely to be ready. By Christmas, he will be working out full-time this winter in anticipation of the draft like most of his American counterparts. And Lumsden should have a sense of what to expect after spending 6 weeks last summer working out at a pro fitness institute in Phoenix whose clients included among others Arizona Cardinal OT Leonard Davis, the 2nd player selected overall at the 2001 NFL draft.

How far will NFL scouts go to find a diamond in the rough?. Try Hamilton, Ontario where McMaster University has a RB in the name of Jesse Lumsden, some say is the best prospect to come out of a Canadian university in over a decade.

Lumsden rushed for over 1,800 yards this season in just eight game. In those eight games, Lumsden had six 200-yard rushing games and 4 over 250 yards. And for the season, Lumsden averaged a remarkable 10.2 yards per carry this fall running against defenses usually stacked to stop the McMaster ground game.

Lumsden is 6-2 220 and has impressive speed (4.4) for a player that size and had several offers to go to Division 1-A schools. However, he decided to stay in Canada because McMaster promised to keep him at RB, whereas U.S. schools wanted to convert him to defensive back. While he's obviously fast, Lumsden is also very quick for a back that size; he's an instinctive runner with good vision who almost always makes the first defender miss; he's also got terrific up field acceleration when he sees the crease and is a good blocker who isn't afraid to get his uniform dirty.

He's a technically sound pass protector who sets up well in the pocket with a solid base, gets some knee bend, and keeps his shoulders squared. Lumsden is also a good receiver but plays in a offense doesn't get him that many reps. For good measure, Lumsden was also a dangerous kick returner early in his career when he averaged over 35 yards on kickoff returns during his freshman and sophomore campaigns.

There is of course some concerns Lumsden's style, it's that he tends to run too high and needs to do a better job moving the pile. Canada players are generally smaller than the big time NCAA programs and have fewer coaches on their staffs and no spring practice. There also don't have the emphasis on weight training and film study.

What Lumsden will be hoping for invitation to the East-West Shrine all-star game in San Francisco? Obviously, he'd be thrilled to get an invite to the scouting combine in Indianapolis in late February, although that would appear to be something of a long-shot.

If Lumsden does get the opportunity to show his stuff in front on NFL scouts, he's likely to be ready. By Christmas, he will be working out full-time this winter in anticipation of the draft like most of his American counterparts. And Lumsden should have a sense of what to expect after spending 6 weeks last summer working out at a pro fitness institute in Phoenix whose clients included among others Arizona Cardinal OT Leonard Davis, the 2nd player selected overall at the 2001 NFL draft.

2005 NFL Draft Trades

First Round: 
•  San Diego from NY Giants (QB Eli Manning) 
•  Dallas from Buffalo (QB JP Losman) 

Second Round: 
•  Philadelphia from Miami (QB AJ Feeley) 
•  New Orleans from Washington (2004 draft day deal) 
•  Green Bay from New Orleans (CB Mike McKenzie) 

Third Round: 
•  Houston has pick from Dallas (QB Drew Henson) 
•  Miami has pick from Chicago (DE Adewale Ogunleye) 
•  ST. Louis has pick from Miami (RB Lamar Gordon) 
•  Tampa Bay has a #3 pick from San Diego (WR Keenan McCardell) 
•  Denver has forfeited its 3rd round pick because of salary cap violations 
•  Philadelphia from Kansas City (OG John Welbourn) 

Fifth Round: 
•  Philadelphia from Washington (WR James Thrash) 
•  San Diego from NY Giants (QB Eli Manning) 
•  Tampa Bay from San Diego (OT Roman Oben) 
•  Green Bay has a #5 from Oakland (SS Marques Anderson) 
•  Kansas City has a #5 from Detroit (Part of RB Kevin Jones deal) 

Sixth Round: 
•  Oakland from Dallas (DE Kenyon Coleman) 
•  Green Bay has a #6 from Oakland (SS Marques Anderson) 
•  San Diego received a #6 from Miami (WR David Boston; pick could be sent to Tampa Bay as part of Keenan McCardell) 
•  Tampa Bay has a #6 pick from San Diego (WR Keenan McCardell; note pick will be the lower of San Diego's own pick or the #6 the Chargers have from Miami as part of deal for WR David Boston.)  
•  Oakland has a conditional #6 from Arizona (RB Troy Hambrick/DE Peppi Zellner; could escalate depending on PT) 
•  Kansas City has a #6 from Green Bay (DE Kal-R Truluck) 
•  San Francisco has a #6 from Philadelphia (compensation for missed PT by DT Brandon Whiting as part of Terrell Owens deal) 

Seventh Round: 
•  Houston has a conditional #7 from Kansas City (P Steve Cheek; made opening day 53-man roster but later released) 

Undisclosed/conditional 
•  Tampa Bay has an undisclosed pick from the Giants (OG Jason Whittle) 
•  Atlanta has a conditional pick from Denver (DT Ellis Johnson) 
•  Oakland has a conditional #7 from Seattle (WR Jerry Rice; based on playing time) 
•  Pittsburgh has a 6th or 7th from Carolina (OT Todd Fordham)
 

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