Former Jesuit star Kalija Lipscomb 'ready for whatever' NFL opportunity he gets

Amos Morale III
January 23, 2020 - 5:33 pm

MOBILE, Ala. — Kalija Lipscomb led the SEC in receptions in 2018, but the New Orleans native decided to remain at Vanderbilt for his senior year because he had unfinished business.

He’s now entering the NFL Draft as one of the Commodores’ all-time great wide receivers as he’s second in the school’s history with 21 touchdown catches and fifth all-time with 194 receptions.

The former Jesuit star, who won a Louisiana high school football state championship with the Blue Jays in 2014, knows he’s shown a lot on film but still wants to prove why an NFL franchise should call his name during the draft.

“No matter how productive your career is, there’s still questions that’ll be asked,” Lipscomb said at the Reese’s Senior Bowl. “Even if there aren’t… you still want to validate your idea of what you are in people’s minds. 

“That’s kind of where I am. I’ve been hearing my strengths. I’ve been hearing my weaknesses for the last few days and I want to prove that my strengths are my strengths and my weaknesses are also my strengths.”

So throughout the week, the 6-foot-1, 201-pound prospects aimed to show scouts, coaches and general managers in attendance at the Senior Bowl that he’s a “complete and crisp route runner” as well as how dangerous he’s able to be with the ball in his hands particularly as a punt returner.

In demonstrating that skillset he hoped to show his ability to play in multiple schemes.

“At Vandy I played every position, we ran several different schemes as far as pro, RPO, spread and I was successful in all of those,” he said. “So I think I can play anywhere on the field. I can play in any system and also I just want to get an opportunity.”

Being from New Orleans, Lipscomb said his family would be excited to see his NFL opportunity be with the Saints.

“For sure,” he said. “I’m ready for whatever, as far as teams wise, but if the Saints were to call my name or call my phone I definitely answer and that’d be going home.”

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