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2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Vanderbilt WR Kalija Lipscomb

2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Vanderbilt WR Kalija Lipscomb
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2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Kalija Lipscomb, WR, Vanderbilt Commodores

Career Snapshot
Two-year starter who led the SEC with 87 receptions and set career highs with 916 receiving yards and eight touchdown catches as a junior in 2018. Caught 46 passes for 505 yards and three touchdowns as a senior.

Positives
Productive receiver who can line up in the slot or on the boundary. Fluid, smooth and strong for his size. Quickly releases off the line of scrimmage, sells routes and nicely adjusts to the errant throw. Extends his hands to snatch the ball from the air and displays both soft and strong hands.

Consistently keeps the play in bounds and works to pick up positive yardage. Plays heads-up football and finds ways to come free and make himself an available target. Fires into routes, stays low on exit and positions himself to come away with the catch. Tracks the pass in the air and battles to come away with the difficult reception.

Negatives
One-speed receiver who lacks deep burst. Average run-after-catch skill. Occasionally struggles in battles. Performed poorly during the combine and turned in pedestrian numbers.

Analysis
Before the season, Lipscomb was given high grades by NFL scouts who overrated his talent. He’s a solid receiver prospect, but he isn’t special in any single aspect and should compete to be a fourth receiver on an NFL roster.

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