I would go further than Walt did on our D-Line and give us one star. Benson Mayowa & Ryan Russell are our starting DEs for at least 4 games and they have 1 1/2 sacks between them & Irving who may have to rotate in. Gregory looks like he's possibly done for the year and Lawrence had issues at Boise so it's not like this is new territory for him even though this is his first suspension. We should've picked Ramsey and looked heavily at DL but we are going with Mayowa & Russell. Our pass rush will absolutely suck unless Russell shows big improvement and Mayowa becomes more than he has been so far.
Good job working through trash to get to ballcarrier
Very athletic and coordinated
Beast against the run
Intense playing style
Great agility and change-of-direction
Monster production going back to freshman season
Excellent closing speed
Good pass rusher
Versatile (4-3 SAM, 4-3 WILL, 3-4 ILB)
Work ethic isn't a problem
Active football player; doesn't disappear
Love his overall skill set and talent
Good (not great) in pass coverage
Covers a lot of ground
Might lack some awareness in zone
Sometimes gets out of control
Could be a little more patient in gap discipline
Gets a little high in pass coverage
Needs to do a better job of protecting legs
Bites on play action a little too much
Summary: Travis Lewis is getting a lot of flack for something he shouldn't
be getting flack for, and that's his play against the run. He's superb. He isn't
245 pounds, but you don't have to be to have terrific playing strength. I've
seen him manhandle offensive linemen and make it look easy on tape. He's a sound
tackler and as close to a sure thing as you are going to get for a 4-3 outside
linebacker. He won't fit the 3-4 as an outside linebacker because he lacks
the size and pure pass rushing talent for the position.
Lewis enters the year
with a first-round grade on my board at No. 12 overall and could still move up.
I love that he can play both the weakside and strongside in the 4-3 at a very high
level, which makes him a very rare prospect.
Player Comparison: Lance Briggs. Briggs is the 4-3 linebacker everyone
in the NFL wishes they had if they run that front. Lewis has a similar skill set
and talent level.