STRENGTHS - Lutzenkirchen is a surprisingly smooth route runner that is capable of making tight cuts and changing directions fluidly. He looks comfortable catching the ball away from his body and shows the ability to adjust his body and snag off target passes. He is a competent blocker in pass protection, as he is quick to identify blitzers on the edge and show the ability to slide and adjust on the edge with proper base and leverage.
WEAKNESSES - Lutzenkirchen looks smaller than listed, and could stand to add another 10-15 lbs. of bulk to his frame. He lacks the burst out of his stance and his cuts to create separation naturally, and is not a threat to stretch LBs in the seams. While a competent positional blocker, he is not physical at the POA, and as a result struggles to get consistent movement. He missed the final six games and Senior Bowl weeks with a torn labrum and bone spurs in his hip.
SUMMARY - Phil Lutzenkirchen lacks the quick-twitch athleticism to be a mismatch in the passing game, but his experience from a variety of alignments and ability as a pass blocker lends itself well to the NFL level. Although he will struggle to gain consistent separation from LBs and safeties at the next level, his ability to run efficient routes and pluck the ball with soft hands makes him a reliable secondary target. In pass protection he plays with good base and can shuffle and redirect against quicker, smaller blitzers. He must become more physical both as an in-line blocker and out of his breaks against man coverage, but he should be able to add needed bulk to his frame. Lutzenkirchen's most natural NFL position will be at H-Back, and he warrants a selection in the middle of day three.