Note: This scouting report was written by Phil Savage, Executive Director of the Senior Bowl. It is reprinted here with permission

#43 Philip Lutzenkirchen Auburn TE/H 6034/250/4.82

Background: Philip will be a 22-year-old NFL rookie in 2013. He was All-State and Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 selection at Lassiter HS (Marietta, GA). He caught 118 passes for 1,496 yards (12.7avg) and 14 touchdowns during his junior and senior seasons combined in high school.

In 2009, he did not redshirt and started one of 13 games, catching 5 passes for 22 yards and a touchdown. In 2010, he started 5 of 13 games and grabbed 15 passes for 185 yards (12.3avg) and 5 touchdowns. As a junior in 2011, he recorded 24 receptions for 238 yards (9.9avg) and 7 touchdowns.

Through four games as a senior, he has caught 12 passes for 128 yards (10.7avg), but no scores. He is Auburn’s all-time leader in TD receptions for a tight end and is currently third in catches and yardage for the position. He is a Communications major and has been nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team because of his devotion to community service.

As a footnote, “Philip Lutzenkirchen” is the longest name in Auburn football history with 19 total letters.

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Live Exposure: 2010 and 2011 Iron Bowls

Summary: Philip is a two and a half year starter at tight end for Auburn. No redshirt—he contributed as a true freshman in 2009 before starting 5 of 13 games as a sophomore. Last year, he started 11 of 12 games and grabbed 24 passes, 7 of those touchdowns. Known for his heady work in the red zone, he has 14 career touchdown catches with 3 of them being game-winners. He has a solid frame with the potential to add more weight, but his position in the NFL will be as a “move” H-back.

He generally aligns off the line-of-scrimmage and is utilized as a lead blocker on perimeter runs and as a cut or “wham” blocker on misdirection plays. He will run a track-and-try to log the edge when the ball is designed to go outside. Philip will use his shoulder to cut block on the backside, but he is not explosive at contact; he does not seem like a potential iso blocker as a future fullback. His best work is done when he can body position defenders, getting between them and the ball carrier.

As a receiver, he has very consistent hands and will use them to pluck the football. He is a one-speed strider up the seam or across the field, so he has to rely on the play design to get open versus zone defenses. To defeat man-to-man, he has to lean and shake off the defender before breaking laterally to free himself up. He is flexible and has been productive in terms of catching the football and scoring touchdowns, but he does not have the superior quickness and burst needed to separate from cover safeties and linebackers.

For the NFL, he is a candidate to play in a support role as a 2nd tight end or H-back. It does not appear that he can project to fullback, however, he should be able to do enough on special teams to make a roster and positively impact an organization’s character and makeup.

What the NFL scouts want to see in 2012: For Philip to be more physical when called upon at the point-of-attack and to show more separation suddenness when he is confronted by MM coverage. 

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