#68 Damien Lewis
WT: 327 lbs
High School: Canton (Canton, MS)
Accolades: 2019 2nd Team All-SEC.
Scouting Report: IOL Damien Lewis, LSU
Athleticism: Damien Lewis isn’t really an athletic lineman and the times that he was asked to pull at LSU he was largely ineffective because of his lack of speed to get to the position to make the block. Lewis is adequately quick, but only coming off of the snap. His lateral quickness to adjust to gap pressure isn’t something that he is particularly strong at. Again, it’s adequate and it did the job in college, but it will be something he will struggle with at the professional level. 9/15.
Strength/Power: Lewis is a powerful blocker. He has a powerful frame and moves people, especially when pushing downhill. Locks onto defenders with strong arms and upper body strength. Power evenly proportioned across his body, allows him to be effective in most aspects of his game. Even was able to withstand and hold up against power rushes from Derrick Brown. 23/25.
Pass Blocking: Damien Lewis is a very effective pass blocker. He was really able to showcase this strength in Senior Bowl week during 1v1’s. He just gets lower than most defenders and is able to lock them by getting under their arms. He handles finesse and reacts well to moves and handwork. His handwork is fantastic. 18/20.
Run Blocking: This is Lewis’ bread and butter. Lewis is so finely nuanced in his ability to run block. Works into the second level consistently and will oftentimes deliver blocks on more than one defender per play. His downhill power and drive are powerful. Moved even NFL level defensive linemen in college with relative ease. Plays with a lower pad level that gives him the advantage. Locks into defenders with strong arms. Lewis very well may be the best pure run blocker in the 2020 class. 20/20.
Football IQ/Awareness: Damien Lewis is extremely smart and aware on the field. Understands his assignment and is able to impact multiple levels of the field on both pass and run plays. He knows when to pass people off and can pick up missed assignments in his area because of his awareness. 9/10.
Leadership/Personality: Lewis has a clean slate off of the field. He was the player that the police officer was talking to when Odell Beckham Jr assaulted him in the locker room after the National Championship game. He’s a good guy, he’s just excited to have an opportunity. 5/5.
Damien Lewis has a complete skill set. He’s a very refined prospect, despite his lack of experience compared to some of the offensive linemen in this class. I’m thinking that he can play on either side, as he is nuanced enough in both pass and run blocking to be very effective. He’s going to be a dominant right guard, that’s for certain, in the NFL. I don’t think there is too much of a ceiling for Lewis, as there isn’t much that he can improve on. However, he’s still an excellent option for your team and you should pray and hope that they will draft him. The NFL doesn’t value inside linemen as much as they do other positions, so it’s hard to imagine them taking him inside the top twenty, but he’s certainly a first-round guy.
Injury Rating: (2)
Ceiling Rating: (1)
Overall Grade: 87