By: Shawn Williams
Chris Rumph II is an intriguing middle-to-late round prospect in this year’s class of EDGE players. Rumph played predominantly as a 4-3 defensive end at Duke, but is likely to find himself transitioning to an off-ball linebacker in a developmental role early on at the next level. He measures in at 6’3” and 244 pounds, which is very underwhelming for a full-time defensive lineman in the NFL. He may be able to serve as a hybrid rusher (Yannick Ngakoue comes to mind) with time, but he didn’t have reps to showcase that while in college.
Rumph displays good technique and processing (he is a coach’s son), and plays hard every snap. He’s fairly versatile, despite playing such a specific role at Duke, as he can use his speed to beat the edge or blitz the interior gaps. Rumph’s 2020 season was certainly impressive; he racked up 53 tackles, 8 sacks (6.5 in 2019), 1 forced fumble and 1 recovery.
The former Blue Devil has shown plenty of evidence that he can be groomed into a contributing defender in the NFL, however the way he was utilized in college will likely push him into an early Day 3 pick. Rumph should see pass rush opportunities in a limited role early in his career, and probably best fits into a hybrid scheme where he can shoot the gaps or bend the outside.
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