Tyquan Lewis (Edge, Ohio State) – 86

Lewis is an aggressive, powerful edge rusher who shows a relentless streak in his pursuit of the QB.  He has played mainly with his hand on the ground at Ohio State although, on occasions, you will see him standing up.  He is a much better prospect going forward than he is when he’s asked to read and react; he looks almost lost in space and I have doubts about his ability to project to an OLB role in the NFL.  As such, he doesn’t look to me to have much scheme diversity, fitting best as a DE in the 4-3.  He sets the edge extremely well and uses his hands very effectively, showing impressive strength and power – he is one of the very best run defenders in this draft class.  An underrated part of Lewis’ game is the quickness of his feet, which enables him to change direction quite subtly and, as a consequence, attack half a blocker very effectively. His speed off the edge is good but not great at this point – he doesn’t really have an explosive first step and he will have to add some moves to his arsenal if he is to really thrive at the next level.  He is a very productive player, who won the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and will should in the mix for national preseason awards.  At the moment, I see him as a second round guy but I expect NFL scouts to have him firmly in the 1st round discussion.

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