Originally posted on DraftAce  |  Last updated 3/26/12
Ronnell Lewis OLB Oklahoma #56 Ht: 6’2″

Wt: 253

  Strengths: Extremely versatile player with experience at strong-side linebacker and defensive end. Explosive pass rusher; quick off the snap and does a great job staying low to blow past taller offensive tackles, especially when lining up with his hand on the ground. Reliable wrap-up tackler who can also deliver the big hit. Has the speed to make plays in pursuit and generally takes good angles and displays decent anticipation/instincts. Worth ethic praised by coaches and teammates; nicknamed “The Hammer” for his intense play. Weaknesses: Versatility is an asset, but it also means he lacks experience at any one position. Struggles at the point of attack, especially with his hand on the ground; lacks the strength but could also improve his technique – tends to play back on his heels and does not use good leverage to hold his ground. Used almost exclusively as a pass rusher in passing situations. Limited experience in coverage, and may lack the fluid athleticism necessary to stay with tight ends/running backs in man coverage at the next level. Comments: Lewis is a tough prospect to grade because of the way in which Oklahoma used him. He primarily lined up with his hand on the ground, but he won’t be a three-down lineman at the next level. His best chance to stay on the field at the next level will be as a 3-4 outside linebacker, where he can be used almost exclusively as a pass rusher and his deficiencies against the run can be masked slightly by having more room to move before becoming engaged in a block. He could come off the board anywhere from the late 1st to the late 3rd round, it really all depends on how each teams thinks he can transition into their system because he won’t be playing the same role he was in at Oklahoma. Videos: 2011 vs Texas 
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