Kent St. has a history of producing undrafted players that end up being Pro Bowl NFL players.
Safety Brian Lainhart has the potential to follow in the footsteps of those players but will have a long road to travel.
Starting all 4 years in college, Lainhart has always had a nose for the ball. He was able to get 17 interceptions in his career while racking up 344 tackles.
Unfortunately, he was not invited to the combine but was able to put up some good numbers at his Pro Day. Some of those numbers include a 28 in the bench press which topped all the defensive backs at the combine. His other numbers included a 37.5 vertical, 10-5 broad jump, 4.25 short shuttle and a 11.45 long shuttle. He also ran a 4.64 40.
Safety is a position the Chiefs lack depth at and Lainhart could instantly be an upgrade and could contribute on special teams.
Below is a scouting report by National Football Post:
“A tall, good-looking athlete who simply is a notch above everyone athletically on the Kent State defense. Exhibits good balance in the deep half when asked to sit into his stance and does a nice job keeping his base down and cleanly changing directions toward the football. Isn’t the most explosive or rangy of athletes and lacks elite sideline-to-sideline speed, but gets good jumps on the football because of his instincts and for the most part is around the throw. Does a nice job recognizing routes in front of him and cleanly is able to redirect and cover up receivers in zone. Has been very productive playing the football and is one of the nation’s top interception guys over the course of his career. He has a nose for the football and has the ball skills to routinely come down with the catch.
Was asked to play up near the line of scrimmage more often this season and he does a nice job reading his run keys and quickly closing the breakdown from the backside. He isn’t the most impressive of tacklers when asked to break down in tight areas, however. Has a tendency to drop his head and fails to consistently see what he wants to hit. Displays above-average physicality when asked to play in man coverage on the outside. Did a nice job getting into receivers and re-routing them off the line. Gets a bit grabby and lacks the initial burst out of his breaks to stay with them in and out of their routes. But was effective on corner blitzes.”