Photo of Ashton Lampkin
Grade
5.12 ?
  • 4.52 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 34.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 120.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'0" Height
  • 31" Arm Length
  • 189LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Overview

Finally getting a chance to start in 2014 after two years playing every game as a reserve (42 tackles, one interception), Lampkin was holding up nicely for the Cowboys' defense, intercepting two passes and breaking up three others in the first month of the season. But in the season's fourth game against Texas Tech, the Lone Star native suffered a severe ankle injury that forced him to request a medical redshirt. The next season, once again breaking into the starting lineup meant suffering an injury. Lampkin played through the broken thumb, however, to start eight games, make 31 tackles, break up five passes, and even intercept a Chad Kelly pass in the opening series of the Sugar Bowl. He finished his career healthy and productive, starting all 13 games and earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors with 34 tackles, one interception and three pass breakups.

Analysis

Strengths

Played in various coverages and has rare experience of playing some press coverage in the Big 12. Shows patience from press coverage. Can wait for receivers to release before opening hips. Decent feet and hip fluidity to mirror and match in space. Can flip hips and hit his top gear quickly. Takes good recovery angles on post routes.

Weaknesses

Not a twitchy, explosive cornerback. Has issues with maintaining discipline from man and zone coverage. Gets caught staring down quarterbacks and will find himself out of position. Has a hitch at the top of his pedal when planting to drive on the throw. Delay in closing to ball will limit his production on the ball. Might not be able to carry long speed down the field. Disinterested tackler.

Sources Tell Us

"We want our cornerbacks to be physical in run support. Our defense demands it. He turns down chances to step up and stick people in support so there is no reason for me to even put his name in front of our coaches." -- Southwest area scout for NFC team

Bottom Line

Average cornerback without a physical or play trait that he can plant his flag. Won't be physical enough against the run for some teams and will lack the size and deep speed for others. However, he's got decent size and is a relatively fluid athlete so he could hear his name called later in the draft. Might be fighting for a roster spot with each passing season.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.