NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Ronnell Lewis, OLB Oklahoma
Green Bay Packers draft prospect profile: Ronnell Lewis
- Ronnell Lewis, OLB Oklahoma
- 6-foot-2, 253lbs
- Played only some 8-man football in HS.
- 4.65 40yd dash
- 4.4 20 yard shuttle
- 7.09 3-cone drill
- 9.3′ long jump
- 31″ vertical jump
News & Notes:
A late bloomer, Lewis had a good 2011, playing in multiple spots on the front seven and averaging 6 tackles per game. Doesn’t have a lot of football experience, so he will take some time to develop. Lewis loves to hit hard, but is not particularly assignment-responsible. In 35 games at Oklahoma, Lewis was in on 118 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. There are some questions about maturity, as he was suspended for Oklahoma’s bowl game due to academic ineligibility. Will be a special teams demon.
What they’re saying about him:
Wes Bunting (National Football Post): he possesses an impressive physical/athletic skill set, a “plus” motor and a real passion for the game. I don’t think he’s ever going to be a top end pass rusher in the NFL. However, as a 6-8 sack guy long term who can help out on special teams and give you all he has play in and play out, I think he warrants a second round type grade.
Dane Brugler (CBS Sports): Lewis was moved around a lot in college as the coaches tried to maximize his talents, playing “SAM” linebacker, defensive end and also a hybrid of the two positions — lacks a natural spot and looks to be scheme specific as a pass rusher in a 3-4 defense. Lewis plays hard on every snap and has a lot of ability, but is still relatively unproven and raw — a good, but not great, prospect who is being overrated as a top-40 pick, but has starting potential at the next level down the line with his natural athleticism and strength.
Will make his presence felt on the field, especially on kick coverage teams.
Strong against the run. Has good closing speed and is a sure tackler.
Limited experience in pass coverage.
One-dimensional pass rusher at this point. Needs to be coached up on techniques.
Has enough explosiveness to possible develop into a 10 sack player in the NFL.
Could be there in Round two for the Packers.
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