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.
Assessment by Kyle Crabbs
Name: Tyquan Lewis
School: Ohio State University
Position: Defensive End
Date of Birth: 01/16/1997
High School: Tarboro (N.C.)
Games played: 41
Games started: 26
Team Captain: Yes
92 total tackles, 16.5 sacks, 27.0 tackles for loss (TFL)
High School Accolades
Four star recruit (Rivals). Named to 1st team All-State as a Senior HS prospect. Finished final two seasons at Tarboro with 25.0 sacks.
2015 Honorable mention All-Big Ten in first year as a starter. 2016 1st team All-Big Ten and Defensive Lineman of the year. Currently 11th all time in sacks in Ohio State history.
Games watched: Virginia Tech (2015), Oklahoma (2016), Wisconsin (2016), Clemson (2016)
Tyquan Lewis is a heavy handed and long armed defender with the ability to effectively roll up offensive lineman and establish a clean base at the point of attack. With 27.0 tackles for loss, Lewis’ abilities as a penetration player are visible in the box score as well as on the field. Lewis shows good late acceleration and a great first step, making him able to run through contact if the ball manifests in his gap or slide through gaps initially at the point of attack. Lewis has a motor that runs hot, which allows him to stay consistently in position to challenge the play; he’s got good lateral mobility and hustle to work up and down the line of scrimmage against boundary plays. Lewis shows some versatility as well, having been tasked with dropping off into space to challenge short throws on some blitz reps. Lewis has the frame and requisite athletic ability to be a quality starter at the next level.
Too many of Lewis’ pass rush reps are tempered with slow transitions with his hands. Currently Lewis’ productivity comes from initial wins on his first step or with great second effort; the plays in between leave more to be desired. If Lewis can showcase some more urgency and planning with his hands when establishing first contact with pass protectors, he’ll be able to greatly increase the consistency of his pressure. Additionally, Lewis is not the most fluid rusher when tasked with turning the corner on steep angles; so his ability to create false punches becomes a more paramount ability; as it will be essential for his next level rush skills.
In all, Ohio State Defensive End Tyquan Lewis is a heavy hitting, violent run defender with the needed physical skills to take steps forward as a pass rusher. Lewis’ rush skills are currently a work in progress but his ability against the run is strong; allowing him to make his impact felt consistently up and down the line of scrimmage. With a stout group of rushers around him (Nick Bosa, Sam Hubbard and Jalyn Holmes), Lewis will have his reps rotated for another season. The situation is a double edged sword: Lewis will be more fresh than many of his contemporaries but he’ll also see less consistent reps in rush situations.
Should Lewis take steps forward as a cerebral hands rusher, he’ll be able to put himself into conversation for a higher draft status.