Back in January, Rutgers defensive lineman Elorm Lumor decided to skip his senior year and declare himself eligible for the 2020 draft. He was not selected nor has he signed a free agent contract with an NFL team.
Former Rutgers defensive lineman Elorm Lumor is having a tough week. His was not one of the 255 names called during the draft. Shortly after, there was the frenzy of teams trying to sign undrafted players. But several days later he still doesn’t have a contract.
It was a decent idea, in theory, for Lumor to declare himself eligible for the 2020 draft and forgo his senior season with the Scarlet Knights. The problem was, leading Rutgers in sacks last season (3) was like being the tallest pygmy. He might have been important to his team, but it wasn’t like the Knights blew anyone away last season with their defensive prowess.
Lumor is a tweener at the next level. A little light at 250-pounds to be a defensive lineman and a little too slow to be an outside linebacker/ edge rusher. He left school to train at the TEST Football Academy in Virginia. A place recognized for preparing countless college players for professional football.
Unfortunately, Lumor wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in February that took place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. The Piscataway native might have been able to overcome that with a good showing at Rutgers pro day. Again luck was not on Lumor’s side. The NFL canceled all scouting trips due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So the pro day was canceled.
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He might have been able to take an alternate route to the NFL, with the XFL next spring. More bad news, Vince McMahon’s league wasn’t able to survive the coronavirus shut down and folded. Lumor’s next and most likely final option is far north in the Canadian Football League. Many players have gone that route.
It’s a shame Lumor didn’t stick around for one more season with the Scarlet Knights. There’s a new sheriff in town, Greg Schiano, and the program will take a turn for the better with him in charge. Lumor finished his Rutgers career with 83 tackles, 12 for loss, including 7.5 sacks in 24 games.
This is a case where an athlete should have stayed in school for his final year. We wish Elorm Lumor the best in his future endeavors.