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Ronnell Lewis

Ronnell Lewis - #56 - DE-OLB

Height: 6-1 3/4
Weight: 253
Speed: 4.68
Arm: 32 1/2
Hand: 9 1/4
Wingspan: 78 5/8
Birthdate: 09/17/1990
Hometown: ,
Grade: 5.45


Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/14/2012 Oklahoma Pro Day 6-2 255 9 5/8 32 1/2 78 1/2 4.69
02/29/2012 Combine 6-1 3/4 253 9 1/4 32 1/2 78 5/8 4.67 36 9'4" 31 4.41 7.09



Prepped in Oklahoma, where he was a star running back-linebacker in eight-man football — named small-school Mr. Football. Enrolled at Oklahoma in January 2009 and played in all 13 games as a true freshman, producing 22 tackles, 2 1⁄2 tackles for loss and one sack with one pass broken up and two forced fumbles. Made his first career start in the Sun Bowl vs. Stanford. Was shifted to the defensive end-linebacker hybrid position before the start of the ’10 season and responded with 37-5-3 1⁄2 with three pass breakups and a 12-yard interception return for a touchdown vs. Baylor in 11 games (four starts). Missed three midseason games after having arthroscopic knee surgery (injured vs. Iowa State) and missed the second half of the Fiesta Bowl with a concussion/neck injury. Recorded 59-13-5 1⁄2 with five passes broken up, one interception and one forced fumble in 10 games (nine starts at defensive end) in ’11. Did not start against Texas. Missed the final two games of the regular season because of a sprained MCL in his left knee and was ruled academically ineligible for the Insight Bowl.


Thick, compact and strong — benchpress reps (36) paced linebackers and were comparable to those of top defensive tackles. Athletic. Plays fast — flushes QBs and has edge burst to get home for sacks. Flashes quick hands to protect himself and play off blocks. Has shock in his punch. Redirects, accelerates and closes hard. Arrives with bad intentions. Violent striking ability. Operated from two- and three-point stance. Stands out on kickoff coverage — has a knack and can be an ace. Has a passion for the game. 


Lacks ideal height and has small hands. Has tweener traits. Raw — still developing instincts. Is not a natural pass rusher — does not display much variety or sophistication. Shows some stiffness in his hips and upper body. Gives ground vs. double teams. Undisciplined. Can be short-circuited if asked to process too much. Needed Combine drills explained in extra detail. Has a 31-inch vertical jump and average agility. Average sack production. Marginal intelligence. Personal character and durability needs to be investigated. 


Has very intriguing quickness, burst and edge-setting strength to excel as a leverage rusher for an aggressive odd front used by a team like the Packers, Steelers or Ravens where he can be allowed to pin his ears back and attack upfield. Could have diminished value for even fronts as a situational pass rusher. Minimally will make an impact as a hammer in special-teams coverage. Will be best with simplified assignments, and character concerns invite some risk. 

Ronnell Lewis's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
7.01-9.00Top 10

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