Kendrick Lewis, FS, Mississippi

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Kendrick Lewis, FS, Mississippi

Postby Pudge » Sun Apr 11, 2010 12:41 pm

Mississippi Senior
40: 4.73

PROS: Athletic with nice ball skills. Shows ability to read quarterback with nice range to break up the pass. Is physical, and willing to come up and deliver a hit on ballcarrier. Shows some ability when working in deep zone and can keep things in front of him. Plays fast.
CONS: Doesn't show great awareness in zone. Struggles at times in run support as he's too easily blocked by receivers in space and is an undersized tackler.
OVERVIEW: A former wide receiver that flashes that past with his ball skills and hands to make plays in coverage. But is undersized and limited in run support despite having a hard-nosed attitude. Started 32 games at free safety the past three seasons combining for 226 tackles, 10 for loss, 6 picks, and 18 breakups. Caught 5 passes as a freshman receiver.
NFL FORECAST: He is a developmental prospect that because of his ball skills, one thinks he can be a nice free safety down the road. But he's limited in run support, and until he can bulk up, he won't be a reliable option on regular defense. He still plays like he's new to the position despite three years there due to his lack of discipline and ideal awareness. He's worth developing, and in two or three years with NFL-caliber coaching might make a decent stopgap option as a starter. I think he won't be considered a good NFL starter, but can make a few plays here and there to get by. Easily could be a journeyman in the same vein as a Marquand Manuel down the road. Not good enough to keep, but can be a reliable backup because he's a decent stopgap starter.
ATL FORECAST: If he can impact early on special teams, could make the Falcons roster as a rookie and fourth safety. Mainly because his athletic potential is probably a little better than someone like Giordano, although not by a huge degree. But has the potential to develop into a capable Cover-2 free safety that could be a good backup if he's given time to develop.
VALUE: He's nothing special, but I could see a team snagging him in the sixth or seventh round to bolster depth.
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