Terrell Lewis NFL Draft 2020: Scouting Report for Los Angeles Rams' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 25, 2020

Alabama linebacker Terrell Lewis in an NCAA football game Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
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EDGE Terrell Lewis, Alabama

       

STRENGTHS

—Looks like he was built in a lab to play football with a 6'5", 262-pound frame and awesome length.

—True ability to bend around the edge with very good balance and flexibility.

—Uses a long arm to keep tackles off his frame.

—Very agile with awesome burst to close on the quarterback.

—Looks like a 1990s Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker; give him a jersey number in the 90s and let this man rock from the outside pass-rusher position.

     

WEAKNESSES

—Injuries cut short his production at Alabama; scouts privately worried about rumors of two microfracture surgeries.

—Lost 10 games to an arm injury in 2017; ACL injury cost him his 2018 season during which time he redshirted.

—Has lived off the hype of being a 5-star recruit and never really put dominant performances on tape.

—Doesn't play as powerfully as you'd expect a man his size to.

—Instincts and read-and-react are not developed.

     

OVERALL

Lewis is all about the upside. If healthy, he has the tools to be a perennial All-Pro pass-rusher with awesome Day 1 ability. But there's a gamble in drafting a player who played in only 15 games in his final three seasons. Availability is the best ability, and medicals will decide Lewis' future.

     

GRADE: 82

PRO COMPARISON: Aldon Smith/Emmanuel Ogbah