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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: EDGE Chris Rumph II

  • The Draft Network
  • January 13, 2021
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Duke EDGE Chris Rumph II was a versatile defender for the Blue Devils and they lined him up in a variety of ways, including as a traditional end—he was also given plenty of chances to slash through interior gaps. There is so much to like about his game. A coach’s son, Rumph II is an outstanding processor, plays the game with terrific technique, and he brings great effort on every snap. The challenge with forecasting Rumph II to the next level is his lean frame, which presents limitations. With that said, on an NFL defense that is multiple with its fronts and likes to use hybrid defenders that can win off the edge but also shoot interior gaps, Rumph II can be more than a useful player. While a complete transition to off-ball linebacker may be in his future, there aren’t college reps for him to evaluate him doing that. Rumph II isn’t a fit for every NFL defense, but his playing style is easy to love and if used correctly, he can make an impact at the next level. 

Ideal Role: Situational pass rusher, interior gap blitzer.

Scheme Fit: Hybrid front.


Written by Joe Marino 

Games watched: North Carolina (2019), Wake Forest (2019), Miami (2019), Notre Dame (2020), Boston College (2020), North Carolina (2020) 

Best Game Studied: Miami (2019)

Worst Game Studied: Notre Dame (2020) 

First-Step Explosiveness: Rumph II has a quick and fluid first step that he utilizes effectively to set up his rush plan. Given his lack of size, his quickness and technique are critical for him to find success in the NFL as he did in college. Whether he’s rushing off the edge or shooting an interior gap, Rumph II is explosive when releasing out of his stance. 

Flexibility: Rumph II is a loose and fluid athlete that is capable of bending and cornering the outside hip of offensive tackles. His flexibility is also an asset when attacking interior gaps, where his ability to reduce his surface area and slip through creases leads to him greeting loose in the backfield. Overall, Rumph II is oiled up in his upper and lower body.  

Hand Counters: Rumph II demonstrates a wide range of pass-rush moves, swipes, and counters to keep his pads clean all while playing with terrific extension. He knows how to string together moves and beat blocks. His hands are deployed with excellent timing and urgency. 

Length: Rumph II appears to have long arms and he knows how to use them. His ability to play with extension and keep his pads clean is paramount to being able to hold up given his lack of size. Rumph’s length also shows up as a tackler when he’s able to finish outside of his frame. 

Hand Power: Rumph II wins with hand placement and timing more than he does with hand power. When it becomes necessary for him to swipe and clear his pads, his lack of pop in his punch shows up. He isn’t the type of defender that is going to land heavy hands on an opponent and that’s all he needs to control the rep. 

Run Defending: Rumph II is unlikely to be an effective edge-setter or gap-squeezer in the NFL due to his lack of size. Where Rumph II can be effective is with his ability to slash through gaps and finish. With that said, Rumph II does well to play with low pads, get his hands placed and compete with outstanding effort, which helps him hold up with blockers that often have nearly a 100-pound advantage over him.

Effort: Rumph II consistently brings elite effort and competitive toughness on every rep. While his lack of size is a notable concern at the next level, to his credit, he regularly plays bigger than his listed weight. He is urgent in pursuit and battles through the whistle on every rep. 

Football IQ: Rumph II is an extremely smart football player that understands his role, where to be, and how the offense is attacking. He’s a sharp, quick, and accurate processor. His father’s background in the game shows up in the way Rumph II executes. 

Lateral Mobility: Rumph II has terrific range and lateral movement skills to flow to the sidelines. He has no issues chasing from the backside and pursuing down the line of scrimmage. While he wasn’t often asked to play in coverage at Duke, he has the mobility needed to drop in coverage and slide into throwing lanes. 

Versatility: Rumph II won’t be a fit for every NFL defense. His team at the next level will need to embrace his skill set and want a situational pass rusher and defender they can line up over interior gaps and ask him to attack. His football intelligence, technique, and effort are major assets to his game, but his lack of size cannot be overlooked when it comes to considering limitations at the next level. 

Prospect Comparison: Obum Gwacham (2015 NFL Draft, Seattle Seahawks) 


TDN Consensus: To Be Determined

Joe Marino: 71.5/100

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