Justin Sumpter

Kennesaw St. (GA)
WR

Prospect Info

College
Kennesaw St. (GA)
Hometown
Class
Tyrone, GA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
221 lbs
33 3/4”
Hands
10”

Prospect Grade

5.00
50-50 Chance to Make NFL Roster
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While Sumpter was an All-County pick at Sandy Creek High School in Georgia, he fell through the recruiting cracks. KSU was starting a football program in 2015, so they took a chance on each other. As a freshman, Sumpter started all 11 games, leading the team in receiving and ranking sixth in the FCS with 20.2 yards per reception (26-525, four TDs). He missed three games due to injury in 2016, starting 7 of 8 games played (31-538-17.4, Big South Conference-high eight TDs). Sumpter started all 14 games in 2017 (33-610-18.5, five TDs) to earn first-team all-conference honors. He missed two games with injury again as a senior, but still was a first-team all-big South receiver after leading his squad with 21 receptions for 316 yards (15.0) and four scores in 10 games (nine starts).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
Overview
Developmental wideout from option-based attack with very average speed and quickness but intriguing ball skills and body control. He plays like a big target with the frame and strength to garner a majority of the catch space and his explosive leaping ability to makes that talent more pronounced. However, Sumpter needs early enrollment in route-running 101 as his fundamentals and knowledge are below NFL standards. He's a late-rounder to priority free agent, but has the traits and potential that warrant cultivating.
Strengths
  • Above-average size
  • Explosive tester with 39.5-inch vertical and 10-foot, 5-inch broad jump
  • Play strength and foot quickness to improve against press
  • Quick to locate and adjust on deep throws
  • Bangs and out-muscles cornerbacks for catch positioning
  • Very good body control near the boundary Hands are good enough
  • Able to catch through contact
  • Adequate extension to catch away from frame
  • Wide, welcoming target on possession throws short
Weaknesses
  • Level of competition offered much smaller challengers
  • Below-average speed for his size
  • Unimpressive acceleration into his routes
  • Relies on size and strength over savvy patterns
  • Very simple route asks
  • Can’t keep route intentions secret from corners
  • Speed variances are random and unfocused
  • Slows himself when turning to find the football rather than maintaining speed

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GRADE
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