Tony Lippett Scouting Report
Consensus Projected Draft Position
|Tyler Griffin's 2/25 Mock Draft||Not selected|
|Mark Morales-Smith's 2/25 Mock Draft||Not selected|
|FFToolbox's 5/18 Mock Draft||Not selected|
The teams most often chosen were:
|School:||Michigan State Spartans|
|Height & Weight:||6'3 - 183 lbs.|
|Draft Prediction:||Fourth Round|
2015 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Tony Lippett, WR, Michigan State
Beginning his career on defense, Lippett started 5 games at CB as a redshirt freshman before converting to WR for his sophomore year. Lippett finished his career as a consensus first-team All-Big Ten Selection at WR, and was named the Big Ten Receiver of the Year. He also garnered 4th-team All-American honors from Phil Steele. Lippett returned to defense for the final three games of his collegiate career, each of which he started at CB in addition to WR.
At 6-foot-3, Lippett possesses good height for a wide receiver. While he initially relied on just his speed, Lippett's route running and ball skills improved tremendously by his senior season, and he developed into a true go-to WR for the Spartans, having ranked 19th in the NCAA FBS in receiving (92.2 ypg.) and 12th with 11 TD receptions. Lippett not only routinely won jump balls against opposing defenders during his final season, but he also showed the ability to adjust to the ball while it was in the air.
In addition to being a late bloomer, Lippett's primary knock as a WR is his strength, and at just 183 pounds, he'll need to bulk up to get off the line of scrimmage in the NFL.
Lippett's play and skill-set at WR should get him drafted by the 4th or 5th round, but he may be an even more intriguing prospect at CB. While his size may be a drawback at WR, his height makes him ideally suited to match-up against some of the NFL's bigger receivers as a CB. Though his body of work at CB was limited, he demonstrated good ball and coverage skills as a defender.
Many around the Spartan team believed that Lippett was moved from CB to WR following his redshirt freshman year due to his aversion to physical play, and more specifically, his reluctance to tackle. Those issues did not show up when he returned to CB at the end of his senior season, but again, his body of work was very limited. In any event, Lippett will need time to learn and develop in order to play CB at the NFL level.
Lippett projects as a mid-round prospect at WR at the NFL level, and would rank higher but for his lack of bulk. While he has the height and skill set to be starting caliber WR, he may need a few years to let his body develop. While he would prefer to play WR, Langford has indicated that he's open to playing CB at the next level, and could find himself drafted just as early by a team looking at him as a high upside developmental prospect at that position.
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