Tyquan Lewis Draft Profile

Tyquan Lewis draft profile

Strengths:

  • Plays with adequate upfield charge as a rusher
  • Plays with good lean at the top of his rush to create momentum around the corner
  • 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
  • Gets hands into opponents early on
  • Plays with good hand strength and quickness
  • Has size and strength to set a firm edge against tight ends

Analysis: Tyquan 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. He has enough size to move inside to rush the passer and his quickness creates mismatches against larger interior lineman. Hand usage is above average. Solid burst off the snap is there.

Weaknesses:

  • Average athletically
  • Plays with too much wasted motion
  • Gives up some positioning at the point of attack
  • Poor 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 string rush moves together consistently

Analysis: Tyquan 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. His average athleticism puts him at a disadvantage especially in the NFL. His balance is below average and he gets knocked off his spot by angle blocks and stronger lineman. His playing time waned as his career went on by more talented players being recruited to campus.

Size: 6’3 265lbs

Draft Grade: 5th Round

NFL Comparison: Charles Tapper

Draft Projection: Round 4

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