Throughout the summer, National Scout Jon Ledyard, Assistant Director Joe Marino and Scouting Director Kyle Crabbs will be conducting summer assessments on 99 notable senior prospects. Of these 99 seniors, the 33 most prominent will be covered by all three analysts.
Of the remaining 66, each of the three analysts has “drafted” 22 of them to scout exclusively.
This serves as the foundation for our 2018 draft assessments.
Scout: Joe Marino
Name: Tyquan Lewis
Position: Edge Defender
Date of Birth: 1/16/1997
College: Ohio State
High School: Tarboro (North Carolina)
Games Played: 41
Games Started: 26
Team Captain: Yes 2x
Production: 92 tackles, 16.5 sacks, 27 tackles-for-loss
High School: Consensus 4-star defensive end prospect. All-state as a senior. Turned down offers from Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Missouri, Mississippi, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Virginia and North Carolina State, among others.
College: 2015 Honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches and media). 2016 Big Ten’s Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year. 2016 first-team All-Big Ten (coaches and media).
Strengths: Excellent run defender that fires out with his hands to win reps early. Does well to set a firm edge while maintaining his outside leverage and squeezing down gaps. Has good functional strength for his size. Has powerful hands and he excels in hand combat when playing the run. Has a natural feel for defending the run and does well to locate the football and dispose of blockers. High-motor pass rusher that has positive moments when he lines up in wider techniques or uses his hands to soften rush angles. Knows how to get his hands into throwing lanes if his rush stalls. Gets good depth in his first two steps when rushing the passer and offers ideal length.
Weaknesses: Doesn’t have ideal flexibility in his lower half to consistently turn angles and win around the edge. Pass rush attack lacks variety and counters. Easily takes the cheese on screen and draw plays. Can be slow off the ball.
Summary: Ohio State edge defender Tyquan Lewis has the makings of a base end in a 4-3 alignment with some potential to line up in a wide-9 technique. He showcases good run defending skills where he has a natural feel for countering blocks and finding the football. His run defense is centered around his ability to control reps early with good hand technique.
As a pass rusher, if Lewis is unable to win with a bull rush or by attacking the arc with tilt then he is generally not effective due to a lack of flexibility in the lower half. The depth he gains on his initial steps, length, functional strength and motor provide a solid foundation to work with in terms of rushing the passer but more refinement is needed for him to be more consistent.
I’m looking for Lewis to show a more well-rounded pass rushing skill set in his senior season to compliment his run defense.
Predicted Value Range: Day Two