For the past four seasons, linebacker Travis Lewis has been the cog in Oklahoma's always-impressive defense. He also served as the team's vocal leader and captain.
Unfortunately for Lewis, tough injuries late in his collegiate career removed his name from draft hot lists and he will have a lot of catching up to do.
From Alex Brown of Optimum Scouting:
Lewis is an instinctive player that sifts through trash well, having a knack for finding the football. Lacks elite athletic ability or top end speed, and struggles to make consistently make plays off blocks; will have to play mike backer in a 4-3 system to be able to remain productive. Improved in his run fits from 2010 to 2011, keeping himself on the inside shoulder of the tailback on zone stretch runs to the outside. Also has shown improvement in scraping along the line of scrimmage, keeping his shoulders better squared to the line of scrimmage.
Although he may tell you different, Lewis is not an immediate starter in the league. He does, however, have a very good chance of becoming a reliable man in the rotation.
Lewis has a natural feel for the game and he gets the most out of his natural abilities. Assuming his leadership qualities translate to the NFL, as well as his intelligence from the middle of the field, Lewis could turn out to be a quality selection.
Here's another prototypical seventh-round pick. Lewis has a stellar resume, anchoring Oklahoma's impressive defense in an offensive conference. However, injuries caused many teams to bail on him. The Detroit Lions will have to be patient as the kid works back into top form, but if he can make it, they've got themselves a steal in the last round.
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