STRENGTHS: Good height and length for the position with large, soft hands...plucks and uses his full extension to expand his catching radius, utilizing every inch of his frame to attack the ball...tracks very well with an excellent feel on back shoulder throws...makes natural adjustments on the ball, staying focused in contested situations to finish...terrific blend of patience and aggressiveness in his routes, using his field awareness to find vulnerable spots in zones...catches the ball well in stride without losing momentum...strong plant foot out of his breaks and works well along the sideline.
Physical after the catch with a strong stiff-arm...experienced on defense with nine career pass break-ups at cornerback (seven starts)...impressive toughness, both physical and mental, and considered a 110-percenter by the MSU coaching staff...impactful receiving target with 85% of his catches (55-of-65) in 2014 producing either a touchdown or first down...productive career and finished ranked second in catches (149) and fifth in receiving yards (2,247) in the Michigan State record books.
WEAKNESSES: Narrow shoulders and lanky limbs with unimpressive bulk...below average strength and too easily overpowered by defenders as both a blocker and receiver, allowing smaller cornerbacks to force him out of bounds...doesn't consistently play up to his measureables and needs to be more reliable on 50/50 chances...lacks ideal top-end speed for the position with only one gear and minimal separation due to athleticism...doesn't play with suddenness in his routes, lacking burst off the line and at the top of his patterns - struggles to stack defenders at the stem...needs to better sink his hips in his breaks to hold defenders and create spacing out of his routes...only one year of above average production.
IN OUR VIEW: Due to hard work and improved chemistry with quarterback Connor Cook, Lippett had a breakout senior season and became Michigan State's first two-way starter in the same game since 1968, starting at both wide receiver and cornerback in the final two games of 2014. He uses his length and catching radius to catch the ball well in stride with a natural feel on over the shoulder throws. Despite his height and long arms, Lippett doesn't have an impressive-looking frame and his pedestrian speed will make it tough to create separation at the next level. Nonetheless, he plays confident and tough-minded to be a reliable possession target and projects in a similar role at the next level or as a conversion player at cornerback - mid-round option who lacks ideal physical traits, but will be a tough player to keep off the field.
A three-star wide receiver/cornerback recruit, Lippett played quarterback in high school and also starred as a defensive back on defense, but was recruited mostly as a receiver, committing to Michigan State.
After redshirting in 2010, he played offense and defense in 2011 and started five games at cornerback, recording 18 tackles and five passes defended. Lippett moved full-time to wide receiver in 2012 as a sophomore and started five games, finishing with 36 catches for 392 yards and two touchdowns. He started 10 games at wide receiver in 2013 as a junior, recording a team-best 44 catches for 613 yards and two touchdowns. Lippett had his most productive season in 2014 as a senior, starting all 13 games at wide receiver, including a pair of starts at cornerback, recording four pass break-ups.
On offense, he led the team in receiving with 65 receptions for 1,198 yards and 11 touchdowns, earning First Team All-Big Ten honors and the Richter-Howard Big Ten receiver of the year. Lippett was invited and participated in the 2015 Senior Bowl.