Photo of Philip Lutzenkirchen
Grade
77.1 ?
  • 4.94 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 21 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 30.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 112.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.15 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.35 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 33 1/4" Arm Length
  • 258LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands

Overview

Though Lutzenkirchen’s unusual last name is what gained him notoriety in college football circles, his red-zone prowess and toughness are really what make scouts take notice. He’s already the Auburn record holder for career touchdown receptions by a tight end (with 14) after just three seasons –- seven of which he scored in 2011. And the fact he had surgery after that season to correct a left shoulder that he said would “fall out” during games only means opposing defenses should be even more concerned when trying to defend him.



As a senior, Lutzenkirechen only played in six games, before he had to miss the rest of the season with hip surgery. In those games, he contributed 15 catches for 139 yards.

Analysis

Strengths

Possesses NFL size and bulk. Difficult red zone and short-yardage assignment for defenders, uses his build to shield defenders or simply pushes them away when trying to reach a spot. Strong hands to make one-handed spots and win 50/50 balls when covered. Flashes foot quickness in his routes and athleticism to spin off tackle attempts and leap into the end zone to beat a defender to the pylon. Adjusts to throws behind him when heading out to the flat. Adept move blocker from his H-back spot, makes contact as a lead blocker and fits on linebackers in the run game. Solid in pass protection, mirrors blitzers effectively. Can shown effectiveness as an in-line blocker, as well.

Weaknesses

Though a fair athlete for his size, is still not an elite vertical threat. Must improve his ability to sustain as a blocker in space, when will bend at the waist and lunge instead of moving his feet. Will need to prove himself a reliable receiver once in an offense where he is regularly targeted. Injuries have been an issue, played injured junior year, missed most of his senior season.

NFL Comparison

David Johnson

Bottom Line

Auburn’s career leader in touchdowns for tight ends, Lutzenkirchen has dealt with subpar passing attacks and injuries throughout his career. While he's never put up outstanding numbers, the talent is obvious. Lutzenkirchen has strong hands, runs routes well, and can block in space. Health is going to be a major question, but he should still garner a later round selection.
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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.
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