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2017 NFL Draft Profile: Keevan Lucas, Tulsa

2016’s Tulsa offense will forever be known as the first in NCAA history to produce a 3,000 yard passer, two 1,000 yard rushers, and two 1,000 yard receivers. One of those receivers, Keevan Lucas, has been invited to the 2017 NFL Combine.

NCAA Football: Cincinnati at Tulsa Joey Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Keevan Lucas - Wide Receiver - Tulsa

Height: 5’9”

Weight: 194 lbs

Vertical Jump (Combine): 32.5”

Vertical Jump (Pro Day): 37”

Broad Jump (Combine): 119”

Broad Jump (Pro Day): 123”

Bench Press (Combine): 11 reps

Bench Press (Pro Day): Did not participate

40 yard dash (Combine): 4.55 seconds

40 yard dash (Pro Day): 4.67 seconds (first attempt), 4.52 seconds (second attempt)

NCAA Football: Cincinnati at Tulsa Joey Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Keevan Lucas has made his presence known in his four years at Tulsa, leaving his mark in the record books. What he lacks in size, Lucas makes up for in speed and hands but Lucas possesses another great quality that you won’t find in the stat sheets or the record books. Keevan Lucas possesses incredible strength and determination. He has shown the kind of drive and motivation that refuses to accept anything less than great and because of that he should hear his name called during the NFL Draft.

Keevan’s freshman year was the beginning of Bill Blankenship’s downward spiral with the Golden Hurricane. Nebraska transfer quarterback, Cody Green, looked promising in 2012 as Tulsa went on to win 11 games, including a bowl win over Iowa State. Green struggled in his senior season, however, and the Golden Hurricane won only three games. Even with the offensive struggles, and winning only three games, Keevan Lucas finished the season with 32 catches, 442 yards, and a touchdown.

Lucas started the 2014 season with a monster game against Tulane at home, catching 13 passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns, including an 84 yard touchdown. He finished four other games during the season with over 100 yards and a touchdown in three of the four games. Lucas finished the season with an impressive 101 catches for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns.

2015 was the beginning of the Philip Montgomery era. Three games into the season, Lucas was off to a hot start catching 19 passes for 342 yards and five touchdowns. In Tulsa’s fourth game of the season, hosting the Houston Cougars, Keevan Lucas had 7 catches for 67 yards before injuring his knee in the third quarter that would cut his junior year short.

Keevan Lucas came into his senior season determined to make a comeback. He wanted to show the world of college football, and the Golden Hurricane fans, that nothing, not even knee injuries, would stop him from being great. Lucas started the 2016 season much like his sophomore year, opening the season with a big game catching six passes for 112 yards. Also similar to his sophomore season, Lucas had five games where he had over 100 yards receiving and finished the year with 81 receptions for 1,180 yards and 15 touchdowns. Lucas ended the season ranked nationally at seventh(T) in receiving touchdowns, 21st(T) in receptions, and 21st in receiving yards.

Tulsa's 2016 offense made history by becoming the first school in NCAA history to have a 3,000 yard passer in quarterback, Dane Evans, two 1,000 yard rushers in running backs, James Flanders and D’Angelo Brewer, and two 1,000 yard receivers in Keevan Lucas and Josh Atkinson. Keevan Lucas was an integral part of this high-powered offense and his contributions landed him an invitation to the 2017 NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Lucas is currently expected to go undrafted and is in a pretty deep group of talented wide receivers coming into the draft, including fellow AAC receiver Zay Jones out of East Carolina. It will be no easy road for Lucas but I believe his incredible work ethic, along with his strong will and determination, will catch the attention of an organization who would be willing to pick him up in the 7th, or even 6th round.