Dion Lewis to the Philadelphia Eagles: 2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Aron GlatzerAnalyst IApril 30, 2011

Dion Lewis followed the footsteps of LeSean McCoy first at Pittsburgh, and now with the Philadelphia Eagles.

If he can raise the bar from McCoy like he did during his electrifying redshirt freshman season, in which he ran for 1,799 yards and 17 touchdowns, then Eagles fans will be in for a treat.

The only other Pitt freshman to run for more yards was Tony Dorsett with 2,150 in 1976, which won him the Heisman Trophy award.

Last year, he fell backward in yards (1,079), yards per carry (4.8 from 5.5) and touchdowns (13) from 2009. Will have durability issues holding up as an every-down back due to his size (5'7'', 193 pounds).

That said, he does run well between the tackles hiding behind blockers, and with the NFL changing to a two-running back league, upside is finding a role as a No. 2 back on a team with a big No.1 back.

More quick than fast (4.57 40-yard dash), he'll be fun to watch with McCoy.

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