Lamar Louis, NFL running back.
“That sounds good to me,” Louis smiled.
LSU’s burly former outside linebacker is being considered by some teams for running back, he said Monday after working out at LSU’s pro day. Some teams want him as a safety as well, and others see him at the position he played for the Tigers.
What’s he want to play? Whatever gets him on the field and with an NFL club.
Louis, who weighed in at 5-10, 224 pounds, believed he helped himself at Monday’s pro day. He broke through his 25-rep career max on the bench press, pumping 225 pounds 26 times. That’s one more than 325-pound Vadal Alexander did at the NFL combine last month.
“I was trying to go to 30,” Louis said, “but I just hit that wall. Came out of nowhere.”
He ran a 4.53 40-yard dash and leaped 33.5 feet on the vertical jump, too. Both could help him in the pecking order as an undrafted free agent. His draft dream isn’t over yet, though.
“I know on some boards I’m seventh round,” he said. “If I can play a little bit of safety, I can move up to maybe sixth.”
Louis has met with Seahawks, and he has meetings planned with the Dolphins, Rams and Browns. He was scheduled to meet with the Saints after pro day, he said.
Teams want Louis as a “box safety,” he said, something similar to what LSU safety Jamal Adams played at times last year in the Tigers’ six-defensive back Mustang package. Adams aligned as an outside linebacker in that set.
“Some teams even want to work me out as a running back,” said Louis, who’s training in Miami with former LSU teammates Deion Jones and Jalen Mills. “I was thinking about doing running back drills (Monday), but it’s just a lot.”
Louis last played running back at Breaux Bridge High. LSU offered him as a linebacker and running back.
“We’re always stacked at running back so I just wanted to hit the field early,” he said.
That never materialized over the last two seasons. Louis rarely played as LSU employed a two-linebacker, five-defensive back set against so many spread teams in the conference.
That’s supposed to change under new defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and his linebacker-heavy 3-4 scheme.
“The tease me a lot saying I would have loved the new defense,” Louis said, “but everything happens for a reason.”
Searching for jobs
Elliott Porter and Connor Neighbors, a pair of players whose LSU careers ended two years ago, competed in pro day Monday – both free agents on the market for their next big gig.
Porter, the Tigers’ former center, performed individual drills in front of a host of scouts. Neighbors, LSU’s ex-fullback, ran the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.83 seconds.
Porter has been training in New Orleans. The Shaw High product was with the Cleveland Browns last year before being cut in the fall. Neighbors signed with the Tennessee Titans last year before breaking his arm in preseason practice.
Robinson works out
Former LSU defensive back Rashard Robinson performed in front of scouts during a private workout after LSU’s pro day, and he thanked the school for the opportunity afterward.
“Just want to thank coach miles,” he tweeted, “and the whole @LSUfootball family for giving me the opportunity to come out and compete today #4everLSU.”
Robinson’s results were not released. LSU dismissed the highly touted cornerback after his sophomore season in 2014.
CBSSports.com projects Robinson as a fourth-round pick.
“Most people on that LSU staff thought he might be the most talented defensive back they had,” said Mike Detillier, a football draft analyst. “Very skilled. Not very focused. Tremendous size. Can mirror a receiver down field.”