Positives: Burst onto the scene as a freshman and has pretty good speed and burst for the position. He shows some impressive elusiveness in the open field and plays with good balance. He has some shiftiness to him along with good balance. He runs patiently and has good vision to find lanes and cut back lanes to run through. Shows some ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
Negatives: Lewis doesn’t run with much power at all. Doesn’t have good leg drive and won’t get a lot of yardage after contact and doesn’t run through arm tackles effectively. His footwork is not very impressive and he will take false steps and dance in the backfield while looking for room to run. He needs to improve his ball security as well as improve his pass protection.
Overall: Lewis has some potential to be an effective back in the NFL but I don’t think he has the size, strength or power to be a feature running back. He will have to be a 3rd down back in the NFL and that limits his value. The fact that he doesn’t have great game-breaking speed also brings his value down. He needs to improve his ball security and his pass protection before he is going to get a lot of consistent playing time as well.
Projection: 5th/6th round. He could be a very good value this late if he pans out, but he might have some durability question marks and he isn’t going to be a very explosive runner in the NFL so his upside is somewhat limited as a 3rd down back.
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