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.
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.
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.
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.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.