Terrell Lewis 2020 NFL Draft Profile
2020 NFL Draft
Terrell Lewis is an outside linebacker out of Alabama who is projected to be an early-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft. Lewis was with the Tide for three bowl games during his college days, so he’s got plenty of big-game experience that will help him at the NFL level.
College Career: Lewis jumped right in as a freshman with Alabama, bagging 11 tackles and a sack in that season. Unfortunately, he missed time over the next two seasons due to injuries and had to use a medical redshirt.
Lewis was a starting outside linebacker in his redshirt junior year, named to the Butkus Award watchlist at the beginning of the season. He would finish that campaign with 31 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 6.0 sacks, 16 hurries, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery. That effort resulted in Lewis being named Second Team All-SEC. He sat out the Citrus Bowl and decided to forego his final year of NCAA eligibility.
Strengths: Lewis’ physical prowess continues to develop; he’s got long limbs and a solid frame that should keep adding mass in the next few years. Lewis is good at keeping his eyes on the football as he works through a block and his awareness is better than most.
Lewis has long strides and can cover a lot of ground quickly, and his technique as far as pushing past blocks keeps getting better. He’s going to need to continue refining his game, but Lewis has some great building blocks in place to be an impact NFL player.
Weaknesses: The first thing everyone will point out here are Lewis’ injuries; he didn’t play for most of 2017 and all of 2018 due to a couple of different ailments. Beyond that, Lewis’ long legs don’t set that great of an anchor, and savvy blockers can knock him off balance. He needs some more work on his upper-body strength as well.
Lewis’ initial speed burst is just average, and he can be stymied by strong linemen. His technique with hand placement and leverage isn’t as good as it needs to be and he needs some work on tackling fundamentals.
Possible Fits: Even with the injury issues and the lack of significant college experience, most mock drafts are pretty high on Lewis. He has all the natural tools to succeed, and he’s flashed a great ceiling when he’s healthy. He’ll need some coaching up and work on the practice field, but Lewis is potentially a high-value guy who should go in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
The earliest Lewis could potentially go is No. 29 overall with Tennessee, and though that would be a great unit for him to fall in with it’s probably a little bit early. No. 35 overall in the second round with Detroit is a little more realistic, and Lewis could have a good home with that retooling Lions unit as well.
Provided Lewis makes it down to No. 42 overall, the Jaguars probably won’t pass on him. With Calais Campbell gone, Jacksonville could use a quick, high-ceiling linebacker like Lewis.