Lamar Louis could have an NFL future at so many positions … it just depends on which NFL team you ask.
Louis, who excelled at LSU at linebacker and on special teams, is also generating interest at safety and running back.
The 5-foot-11, 223-pounder worked at linebacker during LSU’s Pro Day on Monday, but may have a future at running back, according to Seattle Seahawks coaches.
Running back is a position Seattle is expected to address after Marshawn Lynch retired this offseason, and Louis believes he is up to the task given the fact he played the position in high school and was recruited as a linebacker and a running back by LSU.
“I almost worked out at running back today actually,” Louis said. “The Seahawks are a team that see me at running back, but they said they’d see my ball skills during my the linebacker drills. I know I’ll be working at running back down the road.”
Former LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis was Louis’ primary recruiter, which led Louis to ultimately decide to play linebacker when he arrived in Baton Rouge, La.
“I didn’t want to be a sellout,” Louis joked on Monday.
While the Seahawks view Louis as a running back, the team they beat in the playoffs, the Minnesota Vikings, also have their eyes on Louis — as a safety.
“I got a call from the Vikings, who wanted to see my mobility, if I could run,” Louis said. “At 223, 224 pounds, I could lose weight if I had to or I could gain weight if I had to.
“When I got to LSU, we had so many safeties here, so safety wasn’t an option for me,” he added.
With so many teams purusing Louis at positions other than linebacker, the undersized NFL prospect hoped to turn some heads on Monday with his bench press repetitions.
Louis hit a personal best of 26 reps, which he hopes will quell some of the talk about him being smaller, and begin some new conversations about his strength.
“I talked to a few scouts and the top (three) things were my 40 and my bench and my change in direction and speed,” Louis explained. “I proved today that I have those qualities and I’m embracing anything teams like me to play. I’m a versatile player so I’m open to everything.
“Being a smaller guy, I knew I had to hit a lot on bench press. I’ve been going up every week, and the most I hit before today was 25. I got 26 and I thought I could keep going, but I hit a wall. I’m grateful for (26), though.”
Unlike some of his former teammates, Louis did not earn an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine, so this was the former LSU standout’s first chance to wow scouts in person.
He needed to have a different mentality in this sort of circumstance, as Louis outlined.
“Basically, you have one shot to be perfect,” Louis said. “A lot of guys feel the tempo, understand the setting, the cameras. Guys like me, you have one shot, so you really have to be paying attention to detail. It’s difficult sometimes … having the mindset you have one shot to be perfect.”