While the vast majority of the attention regarding the 2012 supplemental draft has revolved around Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon, the best defensive player in the 2012 supplemental draft worked out for scouts from the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks at his former high school in Irvington, Alabama.
According to a league source, Carson Newman inside linebacker Larry Lumpkin measured in at 6-0 and 241 pounds Wednesday. He ran the 40-yard dash twice for a time that was characterized by the source as "mid 4.7s" and performed well in the bench press, lifting the bar 27 times.
Lumpkin demonstrated this intriguing blend of size, speed and explosiveness for the Eagles last season, earning First Team All-South Atlantic honors with 94 tackles, including 10.5 for loss.
Despite his success on the field, Carson Newman announced in March that Lumpkin wouldn't be returning due to academics. Lumpkin, who had previously played at Alabama A&M before transferring to Carson Newman, experienced similar issues with fulfilling his obligations at his first school, which will give scouts pause before giving the linebacker a draftable grade.
Judging by the number of teams that attended his workout Wednesday, perhaps that has already occurred.
While 19 teams have reportedly shown interest in Lumpkin, zero teams showed up, I'm told, for his initial Pro Day scheduled for Saturday, July 8.
The Supplemental Draft is Thursday, July 12.