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NFL Draft Report

 
By Joe Buscaglia
 


LB Travis Lewis, Oklahoma


Travis Lewis, #28
Oklahoma
6'1", 232 lbs., 24 years old
San Antonio, TX
2011: 84 tackles, 4 TFL, 1 sack, INT, 2 FF
2010: 109 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 3 INT
2009: 108 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 1 sack, INT, FF
2008: 144 tackles, 12 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 4 INT, FF


PROS
- An instinctive player with very good recognition skills. Rarely out of position.
- Displays a knack for taking the right angle to the ball carrier.
- A sound tackler. May struggle when the ball carrier has a full head of steam, but is dependable for the most part.
- Looks comfortable in an underneath zone coverage.

CONS
- Despite his frame, he looks smallish and is easily pushed around by offensive linemen attempting to block him. Needs to get stronger.
- Not very explosive, has no real burst to him even on blitzes.
- Just average speed for a smaller player. Will struggle in getting sideline-to-sideline with NFL backs.
- Just looks a bit stiff in his hips.

Special Notes:
- Four-year starter with Oklahoma that peaked statistically as a freshman.

Projection: 6th to 7th round
- While Lewis has the starting experience unlike most, his game certainly doesn't translate well in to the NFL. This will likely be a case of a good college linebacker that put up big stats that will have a hard time finding a home in the NFL. Needs to be a special teams guy to stay on a roster. Weakside linebacker in a 4-3.

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