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Published on 07/11/2012 at Wed Jul 11 19:27.
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File Photo: NFL scouts look on during the 2012 NFL Combine. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

The Denver Broncos have been doing their homework on Carson-Newman linebacker and supplemental draft prospect Larry Lumpkin in recent days.  On Wednesday, team scouts showed more interest by watching Lumpkin workout in Alabama.

The Broncos were among a handful of teams that attended the workout at Lumpkin’s high school in Irvington, Ala., which was affected by muddy conditions, according to Aaron Wilson of  Despite the poor weather, Lumpkin managed to run 4.69 and a 4.72 40-yard dashes.  In the past, Lumpkin has run a 4.57 40-yard dash.

The 6-foot, 241-pound linebacker also bench pressed 225 pounds 27 times and registered a 9-10 broad jump.  Lumpkin, who recorded 96 tackles last season, is expected to be a late-round supplemental draft pick or a priority free agent target.

Lumpkin’s former position coach, Jay Martin raised red flags when he cited Lumpkin’s lack of punctuality and discipline last week.  Martin has more recently backpedaled a bit on his previous comments.

“Larry is a tremendous young man and extremely talented player who has winning DNA,” Martin said. “Despite having some missteps in his past, this kid has grown up, learned and matured from his experiences and is ready for the NFL.”

The supplemental draft will take place Thursday evening.  Lumpkin is considered one of the top prospects available.

  • Andrew Davidson

    Seems like the Broncos have a legitimate interest in the guy. Looks like his former coach has changed his tune a bit.
    “Despite having some missteps in his past, this kid has grown up, learned and matured from his experiences and is ready for the NFL.”
    Anyone can make mistakes, but if he truely has changed then that means he has some character. Who doesn’t want more of that on their team? If everything checks out I’d feel ok about them placing a bid on this guy…but a low bid.

  • TD30isMVP

    I would say Coach Martin found out you tell that stuff to the teams looking at him NOT the media. IMO, the first statement was his true feelings but someone took him aside and reminded him that kids don’t go to schools that publicly destroy somebody’s chances at going to the NFL.

  • herc_rock

    Oh, DJ. What a maroon

  • Andrew Davidson

    Previously he was speaking about Lumpkin’s performance before he changed schools. I have no reason to doubt that it was anything but the truth. He’s now speaking about the person Lumpkin is today. Maybe he took a fresh look and liked what he saw. Either way (your version or mine) we’ll probably never know the real story.