Myron Lewis of Vanderbilt U. Impresses at NFL Combine
Looks like Commodore cornerback Myron Lewis paid attention to last year's NFL Combine.
After watching fellow corner D.J. Moore's draft value free-fall last season following a mediocre performance in front of NFL scouts and coaches, Lewis went to Indianapolis with something to prove.
Lewis (6'2", 205 pounds) ran a 4.52 40-yard dash, had the seventh best broad jump of all corners at 10'6", and also did 10 repetitions of 225 pounds at the bench press. Still projected by many to be a fourth- to sixth-round pick, the performance still did wonders for his draft stock going forward.
Gifted with great hands, Lewis was still prone to giving up the occasional big play during his career at Vanderbilt.
However, he was also prone to making the occasional big play—his interceptions against Auburn and Boston College in the Music City Bowl in 2008 sealed both victories with under two minutes remaining.
Moore, on the other hand, was Vanderbilt's lone representative in last year's NFL Draft, and his spectacular final season in Nashville inspired hopes that he would be the third Commodore taken in the first round in four years after Jay Cutler in 2006 and Chris Williams in 2008.
Not only was he a shut-down corner who had five interceptions (and 13 for his career), but the electric athlete also caught two touchdown passes as a wide receiver, was one of the conference's best punt returners, and also could be used to run the ball.
Perhaps no one on the roster was more responsible for getting Vanderbilt to that long-awaited bowl than the fabulous Mr. Moore.
A great teammate, to be sure, but Moore did little to help himself at the Combine.
He turned in a 4.54 40 and looked sluggish in workouts, lacking, according to Scout.com's Chris Steuber, "fluidity in his hips" and exhibiting a poor backpedal.
Prognostications originally pegged him as a late first-round or second-round draft pick.
His performance at the Combine was so underwhelming that he fell all the way to the 19th pick of the fourth round, where he joined Cutler and Williams on the Chicago Bears.
Fairly or unfairly, his body of work at Vanderbilt was ignored and the Bears got a steal by snatching him that late in the Draft.
Lewis, on the other hand, entered the 2009 season as Vanderbilt's No. 1 corner and had a solid, if not outstanding, campaign. He led the team with four interceptions and 12 defensed passes, but he's never been known to have the same athleticism as Moore.
Rather, Lewis' value lies in his size. Only Chris Cook of Virginia was taller among cornerbacks invited to the Combine, and Lewis still had the longest arm length at 34 inches, according to the Tennessean.
The dismal 2-10 season that the Commodores underwent in 2009 didn't do great things for Lewis' stock, but he took matters into his own big hands when important people were watching.
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