Butch Lewis, OG, Southern California

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Butch Lewis, OG, Southern California

Postby Pudge » Thu Mar 31, 2011 2:43 pm

Southern California Senior
40: 5.12


Has good size and flashes athleticism and tools. Shows decent pop and potential as a drive blocker. Shows ability to pull inside on the off-tackle and also get on the second level to make the seal. Will finish his blocks. Does a nice job in a short-area, using his hands and getting pretty good placement as a run blocker. Flashes potential as a cut blocker as well.


Doesn't get consistent push or pop in the running game and struggles when you ask him to block straight-ahead. Doesn't lock on as a run blocker, and thus has difficulty maintaining his blocks there. Needs to improve his hand use in pass protection and struggles adjusting to the counter move because he can't lock on. Doesn't have great feet and needs to improve balance and will get overextended in pass protection. MIsses assignments when he pulls and on the second level, and slow to adjust in space.


Lewis flashes talent, but isn't consistent enough and needs more polish. He never showed the ability to consistently lock down a starting job for the Trojans over the years. He made 3 starts for an injured Sam Baker as a freshman at left tackle. Then he started 7 games at right tackle as a sophomore. Then he started 6 games at left guard and twice at right guard his junior year. And he started the first 8 games at left guard as a senior before being benched, but also filled in for an injured Tyron Smith for 1 game at right tackle. That versatility should help him find a niche at the next level, but it means he's rawer than most because he has no go-to position.


Lewis fits best as a guard at the next level, and probably needs to play in a zone blocking scheme like he did at USC. He has good size, nice strength, and athleticism to work in multiple schemes at multiple positions but those tools don't translate too well to the field and he needs quite a bit of coaching to get the most out of him. The best you can hope for is him becoming a decent utility player that can fill in at both guard and tackle at the next level. He's a better guard because he does better job in the short area and is not the caliber of guy you want matching up on the edge with quality ends. If he can ride the pine for two years, showcase his versatility as a reserve, and get good coaching, he might make a Quinn Ojinnaka-esque reserve down the road. But for the most part he's a project that probably will take too long to develop to get a real shot for the team that drafts him.


Lewis can compete in Atlanta, and his verstality is something that the Falcons can like. But he's too raw and not going to contribute a ton right away, so it'll be tough for him to unseat some of the Falcons backups like Garrett Reynolds or Will Svitek. He might land on the practice squad and if he takes to Boudreau's coaching, might have a shot to push a year or two down the road. But unless he really takes to coaching, he's nothing more than a career reserve.


For a team looking for depth, they might take a look at him in the sixth or seventh round because he has enough upside to think he can make a good backup. But since he's raw and not a sure bet to make an NFL roster, he's better value as an undrafted free agent.

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Strength: 3.5
Pass Blocking: 2.5
Run Blocking: 2.5
Footwork: 2.5
Technique: 2.0
Mobility: 2.5
Mean Streak: 2.5
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