6-1/191 Oregon State
Pros: Has nice size and will deliver the blow after the catch. Has nice ball skills and plays it well in the air. Has decent burst. Does a nice job keeping things in front of him. Has experience being left on an island.
Cons: Doesn't have great hips and struggles in press because of it. Lacks ideal speed to cover up mistakes, and not as fast as he times.
Overview: A corner with experience as a four-year starter. A New Orleans native. Between him and Brandon Hughes, he's the better player.
NFL Forecast: Lewis would make a nice fit in a zone scheme, but would struggle in man coverage because of his lacking hips and speed. But you like his size and ball skills and that his college coaches weren't afraid to leave him on an island against quality competition. He could be a decent starter, but probably not anything special. Instead, I picture him more as a solid nickel cornerback in a zone-heavy scheme.
ATL Forecast: Lewis could work in Atlanta, but probably doesn't have the great upside to be a starter. Instead, he'd probably spend his career as a nickel guy, and would have to impact special teams. He'd make good depth and with his size you like that he gives you some better match-up options than a player like Chris Houston or Brent Grimes, but isn't really better than either to really beat them out.
Value: Lewis is a nice middle round pick that should probably be taken in the fourth or fifth round. Before that and it's a reach.
Scouting Reports of cornerbacks in the 2009 NFL draft.
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