Photo of TYQUAN LEWIS
Grade
5.5 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'4" Height
  • 265LBS. Weight

Overview

Ohio State's media information states that Lewis is a "proud" big brother to his three younger male siblings. Seeing that adjective in that sort of sentence is rare, but in his case, it's true. His brothers and his mother are also proud of Tyquan for his play on the field, starting with his All-North Carolina high school career. Lewis was on the field regularly as a true freshman during the Buckeyes' national championship season, played in every game and making nine tackles, 2.5 for loss. Lewis then became a starter as a sophomore, receiving honorable mention All-Big Ten accolades after lining up for all 13 games, recording 54 tackles, 14 for loss and a team-high eight sacks. He took over as a leader on the defensive line as a junior in 2016, winning the conference's Defensive Lineman of the Year award (29 tackles, led team with 10.5 for loss and eight sacks) by consistently winning the leverage battle against left and right tackles, as well as working as hard as any defender in the country to get to the ball. Lewis was a first-team All-Big Ten pick again in 2017, starting 10 of 14 games played, making 20 tackles, 9.5 for loss, seven sacks, and two forced fumbles for the conference champs.

Analysis

Strengths

Plays with adequate upfield charge as a rusher. Able to gain good ground up to the rush arc with his first two steps. Plays with good lean at the top of his rush to create momentum around the corner. Knee bend helps him flatten to the quarterback sharply once he gets around the edge. Has enough size to reduce inside and rush as a defensive tackle on passing downs. As interior rusher, can be too quick for some guards to handle. Plays with good hand strength and quickness. Gets hands into opponents early on. Has size and strength to set a firm edge against tight ends.

Weaknesses

Average athlete at the position. Movements can be somewhat segmented. Plays with too much wasted motion. Feet get heavy when asked to change direction suddenly. Gives up some positioning at the point of attack. Not a force against the run. Can be knocked off-balance by angle blocks and may struggle against powerful tackles. Lost playing time and production to teammate. Doesn't show increased acceleration after his first two steps as a rusher. Doesn't string rush moves together consistently.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5-6

NFL Comparison

Tank Carradine

Bottom Line

Lewis has become less productive and seemingly less effective as Ohio State has added depth to their defensive front. Lewis had some intriguing flashes on tape when rushing from a defensive tackle spot, but he may not be effective enough against the run to become anything more than a situational rusher.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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