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Who is Keevan Lucas?

First, he is a burner with 4.5 speed and that makes him a candidate for the rover SB position. Second, mix in a 37-inch vertical with soft hands and he is also a red zone threat.

Coming in after minicamp to compete with Juron Criner, Kenny Stafford and Shaq Hill puts Lucas at a bit of a disadvantage, but don’t count him out yet. In fact, as competitors go Lucas has risen over adversity repeatedly to be successful. From personal tragedy to injury and yet he finds the strength to rise up and continue on. Lucas is the kind of player you want to cheer for.

At Tulsa, Lucas had two season that were over a 1000 yard in a 12 or 13 game season. What is more impressive is that he had 15 TD’s in 13 games in his senior year. To say Lucas is a red zone threat with speed is to be understated. However, he had to re-establish himself in 2016 after he suffered a torn patella tendon in 2015 making the feat even that more impressive.

Directly from the NFL.com draft profile his strengths are, “Plays tall near the goal line with good high pointing skills and body control to win the ball. Good catch-to-touchdown ratio over last two seasons. Hands are generally soft and he can drop low to make a catch. Works the middle of the field. Able to concentrate and secure throws in traffic. Adjusts in space depending on coverage in order to create more accessible throwing lane for quarterback. Former 200-meter runner in high school with some build-up speed in his go routes.”

Could Lucas be the next Jason Tucker? He has the potential.

Keevan Lucas Tulsa Highlights

Maybe him being fashionably late to the party will push him onto the PR for the first 6 games like it did to Derel Walker, Duke Williams and Brandon Zylstra before. However, Lucas has a lot of competition. So where does he rank in the Esks Receiving corps for 2018:

1.  Walker, Derel     BWR  I     6'2      188    26    Texas A&M
2.  Williams, Duke   BSB   I     6'3      225    25    Auburn
3.  Criner, Juron      RSB   I     6'3      220    28    Arizona
4.  Lucas, Keevan    RSB   I     5'10    194    23    Tulsa
5.  Behar, Nate        FSB    N    5'11    204    23    Carleton
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6.  Hazelton, Vidal   FWR   I     6'3      212    30    Cincinnati
7.  Mitchell, Bryant  FWR   I     6'2      198    25    Northwestern State
8.  Stafford, Kenny  RSB   I     6'3      204    28    Toledo
9.  Gibson, Torrance BWR  I     6'5      225    22    Mississippi Gulf Coast JC
10.Berryman, Peter FSB    N    6'3      221    22    Auburn
11.Adjei, Natey       FSB    N    5'11    193    28    Buffalo
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12.Hill, Shaq           BWR  I     5'10    180    25    Eastern Washington
13.MacDonell, Scott FSB    N    6'5      220    27    Queen's
14.Smith, Jamill      FWR   I     5'6      155    27    Ball State
15.McMaster, Harry FSB    N    6'2      176    23    Western
16.Shuler, Miles      FWR   I     5'10    175    24    Northwestern
17.Aprile, Giovanni FSB    N    6'2      223    28    Queen's


If Criner can’t impress Stafford gets the start at the rover slotback position, but Lucas will most likely come off the PR around game 8 or 9 to a Zylstra like CFL debut. However, before that can happen Lucas has to quickly come up to speed enough to impress versus Stafford and Criner.

 


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