Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide seem to produce no shortage of defensive NFL talent and that will be evident in this year’s NFL draft. Terrell Lewis is another Crimson Tide linebacker that will be playing on Sundays and hear is name called on draft weekend. Lewis was able to put his potential together last season and earned second-team all-SEC honors. Lewis is a linebacker in a class that is not the deepest this year and he has a chance to hear his name called fairly early in the draft.
Lewis is an athletic linebacker and is very light on his feet. Lewis has a good burst when it comes to the rushing of the quarterback. Lewis does a good job of getting his hands in the air to bat down passes and affect the quarterback’s vision. The most surprising aspect of Lewis’ game is just how easy it is for him to drop back into pass coverage and cover the tight end, running back, or wide outs. Lewis is exactly what most teams are looking for in terms of finding a solid linebacker that can contribute quickly to the team.
The biggest area of concern and improvement for Lewis is just simply his ability to stay healthy. Lewis has had injuries to his elbow and the ACL over the past few seasons and teams will want to examine the medical reports closely. Lewis’ motor is not always going at the highest level and improvement will need to be made in this area as well.
Even with the injury concerns, I have Lewis going in the early-second to mid-second round. Lewis is a solid player and he will see time in the starting line up quickly. The question mark is whether Lewis can stay healthy.