Biography: Four-year starter awarded varying degrees of all-conference honors since his freshman season. Senior totals included 83 tackles/4 tackles for loss/1 sack when he struggled through the year with a broken bone in his foot. Junior totals included 109/5.5/1.5. Had 109/5.5/1 as a sophomore. Posted career-best numbers of 144/11.5/3.5 with four interceptions as a freshman.
Positives: Tough, productive college linebacker with limited upside. Displays a terrific head for the ball, instinctive and quick to react. Chases the action hard, takes good angles to plays and remains disciplined with assignments. Fluid moving laterally, makes plays out to the sidelines and relatively effective in space. Squares into ballcarriers and wraps up when tackling.
Negatives: Slow moving in reverse and lacks a quick backpedal in coverage. Marginally effective on the blitz. Minimal burst to the action and lacks overall closing speed.
Analysis: Lewis was a terrific college linebacker, but he lacks top size/speed numbers for the NFL. He plays smart football, gives effort on every down and could be a valuable backup in a variety of defensive systems.
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