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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Keith Lumpkin, OL, Rutgers University

Rutgers University offensive lineman Keith Lumpkin will be on an NFL roster next year

Rutgers University offensive lineman Keith Lumpkin will be on an NFL roster next year

NFL Draft Diamonds and our staff have been bringing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 2 years and this year we mixed up the questions and added some fun questions for our readers. We have tons of NFL staff that read our interviews, and we actually received several of the questions from NFL scouts we speak too. This gives them a little bit more information regarding your character. We hope to bring you more than 300 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season. You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner.

What is your name?

Keith Lumpkin Jr.

What is your Height/Weight?

6’8, 315

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?


Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?

Every summer I return back to my hometown and talk to the local pop warner team about the importance of education and the discipline that sports can give in both.

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?

Expository Writing

Where are you from?

Montclair, N.J.

Who is your role model, and why?

My father is my role model because he always set a great example as a person and as a family man. He always puts his children and family first, and always looks out for the family’s well-being.

Did you play any other sports growing up?


Did you play any other positions in football?

In high school I played DE and some time at TE, but mostly played offensive line.

At your position, what separates you from others?

My athleticism, speed, and understanding of the game.

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

When breaking down film, I always look for defensive tendencies and any tip offs so I can understand what my defenders doing.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Frank Clark (Michigan)

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?

Michael Oher from the Carolina Panthers and I are very comparable because of his physicality and usage of his hands.

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

One of the biggest obstacles in my life was deciding between playing football or basketball in college. It was a tough decision because it had an effect on the rest of my life and where my path would continue.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I listen to Jersey Club music first to get loose and then to get in the zone I listen to a lot of old school rap music.

What is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength is my size and athleticism.


Lumpkin is training with Parabolic Performance and Rehab in New Jersey. Brian Martin the Director is a legend in the industry.

What is your biggest weakness?


If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

My football knowledge as an offensive lineman, my athleticism with a basketball background, and my character on and off the field would be a great asset for your team. After experiencing a change between 4 offensive coordinators in my five years at college, I can easily adapt to any offensive playbook or situation.

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?

Lawrence Taylor and the New York Giants.

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

Tupac, Malcolm X, and Barack Obama

What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?

A nice low end apartment.

Rapid Answers

  • Tupac or Biggie?
  • NFL Network or ESPN?
  • Coke or Pepsi?
  • Pizza or Burgers?
  • Dogs or Cats?

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