However, he isn't real savvy at this stage vs. man coverage. Has a tendency to really advertise his routes and doesn't look comfortable when asked to beat press coverage. Seems to be moving too fast for his own good and will lose balance when corners aren't afraid to get up into his face. Begins to start peaking for the football prematurely and opening up his hips prior to his boundary.
Isn't real explosive off the football either and isn't a guy who can consistently drive defenders off the snap and eat up the cushion quickly. Looks much more comfortable when asked to run vertically down the field vs. a free release, as he does a nice job selling his routes at full speed when he doesn't have to beat man coverage. However, he's a bit stiff in the hips and will struggle to quickly come out of his breaks and generate a burst for himself in order to separate.
Impression: He's just a guy. Possesses average size, average speed and isn't a real impressive route runner at this stage vs. man. The deck looks stacked against him to make an NFL roster."
Positive: Productive college receiver who projects as a possession wide out in the NFL. Solid route runner who displays sharpness into breaks, comes back to the ball on exit, and quickly transitions from making the catch to running after the reception. Extends his hands, offers the quarterback a big target, and catches the ball away from his frame. Somewhat effective running after the reception, following blocks everywhere on the field to pick up yardage.
Negative: Loses out in battles too often. Does not show a burst of speed. Does not always give effort blocking. Takes his eyes off the ball and drops some catchable throws.
Analysis: Lewis looked to be in line as the next great receiver from the Texas Tech program after the 2008 season but never progressed on the field. He possesses good size and has shown NFL-type receiving skills in the past, but Lewis must quickly produce this summer to have any chance of getting out of camp."
Negatives: Was not invited to the combine... Not the fastest player, has just average speed... Stats may be misleading, played in Texas Tech's spread offense... Poor downfield receiver doesn't make a lot of big plays... Does not secure the football well... Not explosive... Lacks a burst after he catches the football, more of just a possession receiver... Not a great student, struggled to qualify academically to get into Texas Tech... Low ceiling, will never be more than a third or fourth option."