Terrell Lewis is one of the more intriguing linebacker prospects in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. One of the top weak-side defensive end prospects coming out of high school in 2016, Lewis switched to linebacker after arriving at Alabama. When he was on the field, he flashed plenty of potential, particularly as a pass rusher, but several significant injuries limited him to a total of 27 games across three seasons. Interested teams will spend a lot of time studying his medical history.
Terrell Lewis Draft Profile
He has an outstanding combination of length, quickness and power that you don’t find in many edge prospects. Lewis is a face-up pass rusher who wins with power. He has an impressive get-off and wants to get into a blocker’s chest and push him into the pocket, then flashes the long arms and strong hands to disengage and get to the quarterback with very good closing speed. He’s very good on stunts inside, where he shows the ability to get skinny through a crease then close fast. He’ll mix it up as an edge setter and shows an excellent motor when he has a chance to chase down plays in pursuit.
Medicals are the biggest concern with Lewis, who missed most of 2017 because of a torn ligament in his elbow, then missed all of 2018 after tearing his ACL. The time off seems to have set him back as far as adding polish — he’s a high-effort pass rusher but doesn’t have much of a plan.
For teams that clear him medically, Lewis offers a moldable, high-upside edge player who has the tools to become a three-down force.
Final Grade: 1st/2nd round