A career in the NFL did not seem attainable or realistic for New Hampshire’s Andrew Lauderdale until he was moved from tight end, the position he played all through high school, to the offensive line. “Once I put on some weight and gained some muscle,” Lauderdale says, “that’s when I actually had the idea that I could play professionally.”
Lauderdale’s coaches made him aware of the attention he was garnering from NFL scouts and opted to make the best of the situation. In his own words, Lauderdale is “trying to avoid a desk job as long as [he] can”.
- Height: 6’6”
- Weight: 296 lbs
- 40-yard Dash: 4.90 secs
- 3 Cone Drill: 7.27 secs
- Vertical Jump: 28”
- Broad Jump: 8’7”
- Bench Press: 21 reps
Lauderdale gained over twenty pounds prior to the University of New Hampshire’s pro day, addressing concerns that he was undersized. Despite the additional weight, he ran three cone drill in 7.27 seconds, faster than any OL prospect at the NFL draft combine. Additionally, he ran the forty-yard dash in 4.9 seconds, which would have been the second quickest OL time at the combine.
With conflicting info on Max Unger missing the beginning of the 2017 season and then not, coupled with the possibility that Senio Kelemete could slide over to replace the seven-year veteran, New Orleans could use depth across the offensive line. Lauderdale, who has experience at both tackle positions, could provide some nice insurance in the future if the line is hit with the injury bug. It is always nice to have healthy reserves on hand in case of emergency.