Roger Lewis Declares for 2016 NFL Draft: Latest Comments and Reaction

Danny Webster@@DannyWebster21Analyst IIIJanuary 12, 2016

Bowling Green wide receiver Roger Lewis, top, defended by Northern Illinois cornerback Paris Logan (29) is unable to reach a pass in the end zone during the first half of the Mid-American Conference championship NCAA college football game, Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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Bowling Green Falcons wide receiver and two-time first-team All-Mid American Conference selection Roger Lewis announced Monday on Twitter that he will forgo his final two years of eligibility and enter the 2016 NFL draft.

Lewis, a 22-year-old sophomore, caught 85 passes for 1,544 yards and reeled in 16 touchdowns in his second year with the Falcons.

He did not miss a single game for Bowling Green in his two years.

Originally a 3-star commit to Ohio State, Lewis was charged with two counts of rape while he was a star at Pickerington Central High School. He was found not guilty on one charge, and the other was resolved in a plea deal.

Lewis spent two seasons at Jireh Prep School in North Carolina before committing to Bowling Green. 247Sports downgraded Lewis to a 2-star recruit by the time he became a Falcon despite listing him as the No. 2 recruit in the state of Ohio in 2012 in its composite rankings.

After a 73-catch freshman season that earned him first-team All-MAC honors, Lewis became a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist in 2015 as the top receiver in Bowling Green's sixth-ranked scoring offense (42.2 points per game).

Matthew Freedman of RotoViz wrote on Dec. 23 that Lewis is one of those hidden gems with first-round talent but can be had in the later rounds:

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BGSU head coach Dino Babers has just accepted the head coach position at Syracuse, and the importance of his loss cannot be overstated. Although Babers was at BGSU for only two years, he elevated the offense as the mastermind of the system. This year, BGSU was the 12th-highest-scoring team in the country. Before coaching at BGSU, Babers was the head coach at Eastern Illinois for two years and turned Jimmy Garoppolo into an NFL prospect. Before that, he was an assistant and wide receiver coach at Baylor and personally helped shape Josh Gordon, Kendall Wright, and Terrance Williams. Babers was the guy who brought Lewis to BGSU. With Babers leaving BGSU (as well as quarterback Matt Johnson’s graduation), Lewis might also decide to leave.

Keep an eye out for Lewis during the next month. If he declares for the draft, he could ultimately be a guy selected in the third or fourth round who plays like a first- or second-round selection.

CBS Sports has yet to place Lewis on its big board of draft prospects, but Freedman's analysis is on point. Players like Lewis who excel in spread-based offenses turn out to be useful weapons for big-play offenses. Terrance Williams is a perfect example as a guy who put up big numbers at Baylor to become a talented player with the Dallas Cowboys.

Lewis could be a steal in the second or third day of the draft.


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