Texas Tech Senior
Has good, strong hands with the ability to extend and snag the ball away from his body. Does a nice job adjusting to throws, and tracks the deep ball and fade pattern well. Shows shiftiness as a runner after the catch and is natural with the ball in his hands. Can make the jump cut and make defenders miss with a quick first step and does a good job on screens or working out of the wildcat. Has nice strength and balance as a runner, and occasionally will break tackles with a thicker frame than most receivers.
Doesn't have burner speed and lacks the ideal burst to get separation from corner. Won't run by corner on the deep route. And tends to rely on a lot of quick, short routes to get open underneath. Won't consistently make grabs in traffic with a defender draped over him. Will body catch a bit too often, and it leads to drops. Needs to do a better job attacking the ball in the air. Dances a bit too much after the catch, going east and west rather than north and south. Won't contribute much as a blocker in the ground game.
Lewis is a capable receiver at Texas Tech. He projects best as a slot wideout at the next level, although he doesn't wow you with his size or speed. But he's a good receiver that has talent worth developing if he can improve his route-running. First emerged as a sophomore as the second favorite target of Graham Harrell behind Michael Crabtree. Truly emerged as their No. 1 guy as a senior, catching 87 passes for 852 yards (9.8 avg) and 6 touchdowns. Two previous years as a starter, he combined for 141 catches for 1757 yards (12.5 avg) and 9 touchdowns. Also returned 17 kickoffs for an average of 24.6 yards and 10 punts for 6.2 yard average during his career.
Lewis is good after the catch because he has a nice first step, but isn't that explosive in that he'll run away from many NFL corners. If he can refine his route-running, he can be an effective No. 3 option at wideout. He has the ability to play inside or outside, but he's more of a possession guy than anything. As a third option, he's the type of guy that can give you 30 or so receptions each year, but he's not going to make a ton of big plays. He can contribute on special teams and might have a future as a punt returner due to his shiftiness, but he didn't have a ton of success doing that, so it's a question mark. He won't wow you, but he can contribute because he has good hands and can potentially be a tough matchup for lesser nickel corners. But he's not a guy that can go up against premier cover corners and beat them. If he can contribute on special teams, I can see him sticking as a No. 4 or No. 5 wideout, and if he develops down the road could move up to the No. 3 spot in most offenses.
Lewis can add depth in Atlanta because of his ability to play inside and outside. Ideally, he would be the fourth option, although potentially down the road he could make a nice third option in the Falcons ball-control offense. He fits that style because he's used to running slants, outs, curls, and hitches. He won't provide explosive plays, but the times when the Falcons spread the field with three or four wideouts, he is reliable option to help move the chains on third down. He's good enough to stick in Atlanta and potentially replace FInneran as the No. 4 wideout as a rookie, but will have a hard time moving up much further on the depth chart even if he makes improvements. He can be a good role player in Atlanta, but won't ever be the type of explosive guy that is an integral part of the offense.
Lewis can add depth and be worth a look in the late rounds. Probably taking him before the sixth or seventh round is a reach however.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
After Catch: 3.0
Body Control: 3.0
Scouting reports of the wide receivers in the 2011 Draft.
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