Isaiah Lewis, S, Michigan State (HT: 5’9⅞”; WT: 211 lbs)
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- Decent size for an NFL safety but tends to play bigger than what he’s listed. Shows confidence when covering big tight ends in man coverage.
- He’s a classic in-the-box type of safety who plays much better when everything is downhill and in front of him. When he’s able to see the play unfold, he can react and get to the ball-carrier quickly.
- Possesses decent speed when running with receivers but attacks the line of scrimmage with good burst. His ability to accelerate is solid and can make up for some of the limited distance speed.
- Plays well against the run, where he effectively dissects the direction of where the ball-carrier is going. He fills his assigned running lane well and restricts the back from getting big gains often due to being in proper position.
- Doesn’t overcommit to running lanes, showing good discipline and anticipation for where the ball-carrier is heading.
- Has experience playing in a variety of roles in a physical defense. He rotated between slot cornerback, strong safety and deep safety.
- Showed adequate fluidity and technique while in man coverage. He was capable of occasionally lining up against receivers while at Michigan State.
- Tackles low to the ground, using balance and form to bring down bigger ball-carriers. If he can gain consistency using his technique, he can be a very good tackler.
- Struggles initially to read the play correctly, as he will hesitate because he isn’t sure of whether the play is a pass or a run.
- His hesitation results in late reaction to pass plays, and he struggles recovering in those situations due to lack of top athleticism.
- Being an average all-around athlete, he will have to show above-average instincts or play recognition to really force his way onto the field.
- He will have to develop his instincts and route anticipation through film work, as he currently struggles to identify and jump plays before the receivers break on their routes. Players who can read and react quickly can stick in the league, but not players who react after the reception, which happened more than it should with Lewis.
- A liability in man coverage once he turns his back because he does not turn his head to look for the ball. He plays to the reaction of the receiver, and this will cause pass interference calls.
- Ineffective big hitter who should really stick to form tackling. Of the missed tackles that I charted in 2013, over 80 percent were attempted big hits. He should clean his technique up here.
- First-Team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches in 2013.
- Honorable mention All-Big Ten in 2012.
- Former 4-star recruit from Indianapolis, Ind.
- Graduating with a degree in psychology.
Isaiah Lewis was an accomplished player at Michigan State, garnering national awards and attention each season, but his future seems bullish. Since Lewis lacks the physical explosiveness and natural feel for the position, he will struggle to become more than a special-teams contributor and backup for his first few seasons.
Draft Projection: Sixth Round