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Packers Profile: Lenzy Pipkins

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Packers Profile: Lenzy Pipkins

The Tape

  • Position:  Cornerback
  • Age:  24
  • Height:  6’
  • Weight:  196 lbs.
  • Arm Length:  31.25”
  • 40-yard dash:  4.46 seconds
  • 3-cone drill:  7.31 seconds
  • Vertical Jump:  33 ½ inches
  • Broad Jump:  9’ 5”
  • 225 lb. bench press:  11 reps

The Roots

Exiting high school from the prep football powerhouse that is Texas, Lenzy Pipkins didn’t don the shoulder pads and helmet on his high school football team until his senior year.  Prior to joining the varsity football squad, Lenzy lettered in both Track & Field and Basketball during his prep career. 

Entering college, Lenzy joined the University of Louisiana – Monroe Warhawks football team as part of the Sunbelt Conference.  He saw action right away as a redshirt freshman, appearing in nine games for the Warhawks and continued playing and contributing steadily through his junior year at the school.  In the three years on the team, Lenzy appeared in 30 games where he amassed 71 solo tackles, 35 assisted tackles, seven tackles for loss, two sacks and two interceptions.

After graduating from UL-Monroe after his junior year of football, Pipkins moved to Oklahoma State University as a graduate transfer to join the Cowboys for his last year of eligibility playing Big 12 football.  During his one year with the Cowboys, Pipkins appeared in 11 games where he amassed 26 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, one tackle for loss and one interception.

Making plays as an OSU Cowboy

Making plays as an OSU Cowboy

The Rookie Campaign

Following the 2017 NFL Draft and knowing they needed more depth as always in the defensive backfield, the Packers signed Pipkins as an undrafted free agent.  As training camp started last year and the team worked their way into the preseason, Pipkins was turning the heads of the coaching staff with his athleticism and physicality, the latter of which the Packers defensive backfields have lacked for years.  In seeing significant playing time beginning with the opening preseason matchup with the Eagles, Pipkins earned a spot on the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week during his 32 snaps in the game.

Throughout the rest of the preseason, Lenzy showed aggressiveness from the edge when he was sent to blitz and displayed lockdown ability on receivers to match the aggressiveness.  With the announcement of the final 53-man roster, Pipkins became one of the longest shots to make the team heading into the 2017 season.

Once the regular season commenced, Pipkins didn’t see game action until week six.  During that game across the border in Minnesota, he was thrust into game action when injuries riddled the Packers all over the field.  In seeing 46 snaps that game, Pipkins recorded five and a half tackles against a newly potent Vikings offense. 

Following his action against the Vikings in week six, Pipkins didn’t see significant action until the season was pretty much wrapped up at the end of December.  In the last two regular-season games against the Vikings and Lions, Lenzy saw a lot of action against the first team squads from the Packers division foes and showed some great things to end the year.  Against Minnesota, on a 3rd and goal play from the two-yard line, Pipkins stuffed running back Latavius Murray in the open field as he approached the goal line.  Where a lot of cornerbacks would’ve been trampled or simply given up on the play, Pipkins made the stick for the tackle and forced the Vikings to a field goal to go up 13-0 at the time.  Then, in seeing significant field time in the finale in Detroit, Pipkins shadowed the likes of Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones.  Not only did he play well against those formidable receivers, he also showed a knack for sticking his nose in on run plays once again.

In total, Pipkins finished his rookie campaign with the Packers with 11 solo tackles, four assisted tackles and one pass defended.

Sticking it to the Vikings

Sticking it to the Vikings

The Future

As the Packers move into the 2018 season with a new defensive coordinator in Mike Pettine and most likely a change in scheme, hard-nosed, physical corners like Pipkins can fit in well in any system.  Pettine’s defenses have traditionally been known to play press man with the corners.  Pipkins’ physicality and arm length could fit in nicely with this style of play.

In hopes to follow in the footsteps of former undrafted free agent cornerbacks Tramon Williams and Sam Shields, Pipkins will enter training camp this summer with a leg up on his rookie competitors that will undoubtedly be joining the 90 man roster.  With all of the tools and heart to become a successful cornerback in the NFL, Packer fans can look forward to how the coaching staff will help develop Pipkins’ skills into a potential monster for years to come in the defensive backfield.

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Ryan Brunner is an avid Packers fan hailing from Chippewa Falls, WI.  He is a firm believer that punters are NFL players too!  Follow him on Twitter @brunwardo

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Flow49's picture

I can’t remember which preseason game it was but I liked what I saw from Pipkins a lot in that game. He typically seems to be around the ball in a position to make a play. We desperately need to make more plays on D. Hope he continues to improve. Could be a nice piece to the puzzle.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

One thing about Pipkins is he plays hard. More than I can say about some other members of the Packers Backfield.

stockholder's picture

Vita Vea DT, Tramaine Edmunds OLB, Leighton Vander Esch ILB, Siran Neal SS/CB,

MedicMike's picture

I like this guy!! Hopefully he can make a second year jump and provide some quality depth

Doug Niemczynski's picture

He is just another bum on the Packers unless he makes the Pro Bowl One Day. You got crap for Talent on this team stop dreaming
And until all these injuries stop the Packers will suck no matter how much talent they have.

Doug Niemczynski's picture

You got to love thce Kool-Aid drinkers

fthisJack's picture

you drunk again Doug?

marpag1's picture

You're pounding plenty of Kool-Aid yourself, Dougie. It's just not green and gold, that's all.....

Bearmeat's picture

Ok, Doug. I mean, Cow.

Is that you, bovine?

CJ Bauckham's picture

There was at least some thought to Cow's posts. Doug is a bit of a ramblin' man

MarkinMadison's picture

"He is just another bum on the Packers unless he makes the Pro Bowl One Day."

Are you saying that everyone who doesn't make the Pro Bowl is just a bum, or are you just covering your ass?

Point Packer's picture

Doug is both a racist and an asshole. You should go hang out with my dumbass cousin in Waukasha.

mrtundra's picture

He's got to be a viking troll.

Doug Niemczynski's picture

Yeah.. i want my apology when he doesn't even make the 2018 packers team. This is why
Our team SUCKS pipe dreamers smoking too much of the pipe

For you and the 3 likes I hope your right and i am wrong.

Doug Niemczynski's picture

If they haven't made the pro bowl or have been nominated, then yes they are bums.

Doug Niemczynski's picture

The Pittsburgh Steelers lead the NFL with eight Pro Bowl selections, six on offense and two on defense. The Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints lead the NFC with six selections apiece, though one of those players is NFC quarterback starter Carson Wentz.

4thand1's picture

The Steelers one and done.
NO,done.
Philly will have cap issues soon enough.
Your queens got lucky.
Fans vote on pro bowl, most of them should be done.

Doug Niemczynski's picture

Who gives a crap about cap issues..if phil. Wins a super bowl i am sure they won't care if their team sucks for 1_3 years.

Doug Niemczynski's picture

Fact is phil and min are still in packers were out weeks ago

Doug Niemczynski's picture

I would rather have a general who is lucky rather than good.

George C. Patton

Duke Divine's picture

I like pip. I called him for a roster spot in the summer. Back pat...

Coldworld's picture

He is the the first prospect corner that I have been excited about in a long time. If he continues to develop he could be a gem and is already viable depth. I like his attitude too.

I am also really looking forward to seeing Herb Waters based upon rumor.

Doug Niemczynski's picture

Lol

Coldworld's picture

Ah our very own denizen of the slough of despond.

CJ Bauckham's picture

I'll give Lenzy some credit. When I went to the Carolina game this year, he and Donatello Brown were out on the field doing drills at least an hour before the rest of the team left the locker room (minus P's and K's, they were out there too)

Not that it means much, but it impressed me and I appreciated the seriousness with which both players seemed to be treating their opportunity

Since '61's picture

I would have liked for both Pipkins and D. Brown to have seen more snaps last season. Maybe they will get a shot in 2018. Thanks, Since ‘61

Packer Fan's picture

I thought he did ok the last two games. Better than Hawkins. But we need far better players starting. Continue to develop him though. And see how he responds to Pettine.

Bearmeat's picture

He shows promise and warrants another look. That's more than can be said for pretty much every corner not named King or Randall.

We'll see if he makes the jump next year to a viable CB 2/3.

EddieLeeIvory's picture

Is the failure of the CBs all Capers' fault?
What about Whitt & Perry?

Coldworld's picture

Failure of the secondary is perhaps a more accurate way of looking at it.

Hematite's picture

Lenzy caught my eye in the limited time he was on the field.
I told my wife that " I think we might have a good one here ".
Hopefully he proves me correct!

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

I thought Pipkens looked intriguing. He is very physical and has good size. I don't think his athleticism is a strong suit. Good straight line speed (4.46 forty, 1.51 10 yd dash) but the broad, 3 cone, and 20 yd shuttles are poor for a CB. Measurables aren't everything though.

marpag1's picture

For those who are scoring Doug's thread at home....

-48 points (1 like | 49 dislike)

NIce work, Doug Niemczynski. You should consider posting less.

Doug Niemczynski's picture

I was really hoping for a 50 thumbs down. Well, i will just have to post more and try harder.

Doug Niemczynski's picture

I was really hoping for 2000 thumbs down. Well, i will just have to post more and try harder.

Doug Niemczynski's picture

Everyone will come around to my way of thinking and then were going to the Superbowl and win it and then everyone can thank me. Hey, i have 1 like. Its a starting point !!!!

Doug Niemczynski's picture

I am here to stay guys, so get used to it. Your in for the long ride and i am a driving.

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