2018 NFL Draft Profile — Ohio State DE Tyquan Lewis

Tyquan Lewis Ohio State Football Buckeyes NFL Draft

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Tyquan Lewis, DE | 2018 NFL Draft Profile

Ht: 6-3 2/8
Wt: 265
40: 4.69
Bench: DNP

Overall Rank: No. 109
Position Rank: No. 13 Edge Rusher

A smart, strong player who defends the run effectively, Lewis can play multiple positions but lacks the top-end flexibility and burst to be an elite edge rushing threat.

• Play Strength
• Use of Hands
• Competitive Toughness
• Key & Diagnose
• Eye Discipline
• Against the Run

• Athletic Ability
• Flexibility
• Cornering
• Burst Up the Arc

One-Year Projection: : A smart run defender who doesn’t lack physicality has a place in the NFL. The questionable athletic ability is the issue, however he will see special teams work in his first year, while his savvy run defense could lead to early down work in 4-3 systems.

Three-Year Projection: Lewis should be starting at defensive end by year three, and while he is limited athletically, he can be an effective player in an early down role, who could build on his understanding of the nuances of football. With the right coaching and system, it’s not out of the question that Lewis generates steady sacks every year, but I don’t see this prospect as a double digit sack machine in the NFL.

Former 4-star recruit out of Norfolk, Virginia who was used effectively in multiple fronts for the Buckeyes, which include 1T, 3T, 5T, and OLB in four-, three-, and two- point stances. Frame is not maxed out, but he is incredibly long and carries his weight extremely well, with a muscular build and chiseled midsection, while having very long arms, large hands, good height, very good weight, and good athletic ability, which is displayed with his very good quickness, foot speed, lateral agility, and balance.

Good explosiveness of the line of scrimmage, when he times the snap well, and establishes good inside hand placement on the edge versus tackles. Sets the edge, while utilizing extension, and is good vs. the run, while showing a very good ability to stack and shed blocks, while constricting gaps with his lateral flow and very good mental processing. Does a good job getting horizontal and minimizing his chest.

Utilizes a good combination of push-pull/arm over to use the momentum of OL and disengage base blocks. Good foot quickness and location skills, to challenge reach blocks, and uses his length to his advantage in this situation. Good interior/edge pass-rusher with good upfield burst and violent use of hands that use power chops, clubs, swims, and flashed a solid inside spin move.

Showed excellent versatility, while being used all over the Buckeyes defensive line in a 4-point, 3-point, and even 2-point stance. He will ft in as a 4-3 5-technique (LE – closed side), that can also be effective in a wide-9 system. Because he has an effective bull rush, teams can kick him inside on passing downs and let him work in closed spaces against guards.

His change of direction, lateral agility, and lower body strength at the line of scrimmage give him value on stunts. His athletic profile may hurt his ability to be an outside linebacker in a 3-4 system.

Overall 2018 NFL Grade: 6.99

9.00 Dominant Player. All-Pro Traits. Should develop into the best at his position

8.99-8.50 Consistent Pro Bowl Player. Gameplan changer. Very few flaws if any.
8.49-8.00 Will be very good player. Rookie Starter. Should have Pro Bowl physical traits.

7.99 Will be very good player. Probable Rookie Starter. May or may not have Pro Bowl physical traits.
7.75 Unique potential. Pro Bowl traits who needs critical technical development and consistency.
7.50-7.00 Can be a good starter you can win with. Should compete for a role/starting position. May be immediate

6.99-6.50 Functional starter in first 3 years who you should win with. No fatal flaws. Development needed.
6.49-6.00 Flash Starter Tools. Quality role player and/or Good ST. Emergency Starter

5.99-5.50 Quality role player and contributor for scheme specific teams.
5.49-5.00 Draftable player with intriguing physical tools or a functional role player to strengthen the 53.

4.99-4.50 Priority free agent. Has a couple tools that you want to work with.
4.49-4.00 Undrafted Free agent. Will go on the 90 man roster somewhere.

3.99-3.50 Invite to rookie mini camp. At least one intriguing quality to see live.
3.49-3.00 Off radar due to injury, size, position projection, etc. May be successful in CFL/AFL/etc.

One Response

  1. This guy could be one of the steals of the draft…especially if he is there in the 3rd or 4th round. His best football is ahead of him. He is better than Hubbard…and it’s not close (no knock on Hubbard)

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