One day after sliding through the cracks of the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft, linebacker Larry Lumpkin has agreed to terms with the Indianapolis Colts.
Lumpkin drew interest from several teams after the draft, but finally decided to join the Colts.
A free agent out of Carson-Newman, Lumpkin was considered one of the only draftable talents featured in the Supplemental Draft. No one put in a bid for his services, though, and he immediately hit the open market.
During his pre-draft workout, Lumpkin ran a 4.69 and 4.72 40-yard dash while scouts from several teams looked on. He also posted 27 reps of the 225-pound bench press and a 9’10’’ broad jump during the workout at his former high school.
Last year at Carson-Newman, Lumpkin recorded 96 tackles (10 for a loss) while dominating the opposing small-school talent. He was even named a first-team All-South Atlantic Conference performer.
Lumpkin started his college football career at Alabama A&M before transferring to Carson-Newman. He’s considered a promising physical specimen, but also brings a spotted off-field history that included not showing up to practices and lacking discipline.
Now with the Colts, Lumpkin will get a shot at earning either a backup inside linebacker spot or a practice squad gig. He will compete with the likes of A.J. Edds, Mario Harvey and others for positioning among the Colts’ linebacking corps.
The potential is there for Lumpkin to be a contributor at the next level. Whether or not he can conquer the mental aspects of the NFL is where the concern comes in.