The 2020 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Damien Lewis 2020 NFL Draft profile.
Position: Offensive Guard
Size: 6-foot-2, 327 pounds
2019 stats: 2019 First-Team All-American (The Athletic), 2019 Second Team All-SEC
Lewis went to junior college (JUCO) out of high school, but found his way to LSU. He has developed into a solid draft prospect over his two years at LSU and is one of the best guards in the 2020 NFL Draft.
His play at the JUCO level helped him be a three-star recruit. He chose to play at LSU and was able to play right away as the team’s right guard in 2018. LSU went 10-3 with a win over UCF in the Fiesta Bowl to end the year. He returned to the Tigers for his senior season and resumed his role as the starting right guard. His play helped LSU go 15-0 and win the National Championship. LSU won the award given to the nation’s top offensive line, while Lewis claimed some accolades himself.
After two seasons in Baton Rouge, Lewis is off to the NFL. He is one of the top interior offensive linemen in the class and should be selected in the middle rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft.
He may have played in a pass-happy offense this past season, but Lewis is a great run blocker. Lewis was able to block well against the best defensive linemen in the country in the running game. Not only did he just block his assignment, he was able to move bodies out of the way to clear big holes.
Lewis will look the part of an NFL guard. He could be taller, as he stands at 6-foot-2, but he weighs 327 pounds. His 33-inch arm length is also solid for his size. He will not need to add weight to his frame like a lot of guards in the NFL Draft, meaning he is physically ready to play against pro defensive linemen.
His strength is a great asset for Lewis. This helps him clear huge holes in the running game and at times block more than one player in a given play. He will also be able to handle some of the NFL’s fiercest bull rushers when he is in pass protection. This strength extends to his hands, as he has violent hands, which he uses well against defensive linemen.
Lewis is not the most mobile guard, which could cause him issues at the next level. This limits his ability to get to the second level on running plays. On passing plays, he will likely struggle to keep up with pass rushers who don’t just straight up bull rushers. If there are stunts or twists going on that move edge rushers inside against him, Lewis could struggle to keep up with their speed.
While he has a lot of reps as a pass blocker, it will not be his calling card in the NFL. As mentioned, he can handle bull rushers, but speed rushers will give him trouble. He’ll need to work on his technique and hand timing to try and stop pass rushers from beating him. He may need some help when the team is able to give it to him, because he can be beat in one on one situations.
Another area of his game that he can improve is his awareness. Lewis is great at hitting what is in front of him, but sometimes he can be fooled by stunts, twists and blitzes. If he studies tape and works with his position coach, he may be able to correct some of his poor awareness that was shown in college.
Projected Draft Range: Second Round Pick-Fourth Round Pick
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