Dion Lewis - Pittsburgh (HT: 5-8 - WT: 195) Combine 40: N/A - Pro Day 40: N/A - Position Rank: 11 of 30
Positives: Strong for his size, reportedly can bench press 400 pounds, over twice his body weight... Rarely fumbles, does a good job of holding the football high and tight... Very quick and shifty in the open field, shakes a lot of tacklers... Great short area burst, hard to contain... Surprisingly good runner between the tackles, keeps his pad level low... Outstanding vision, finds the crease almost immediately... Patient runner, consistently waits for his blockers to set up... Good hands out of the backfield, secures the ball with both hands... Although small, isn't injury prone due to his low center of gravity and he does a great job of avoiding big hits... Put up bigger numbers at Pittsburgh than his predecessor Lesean McCoy who has been a great NFL back... Amazing production at the collegiate level, ran for 1799 yards and 17 touchdowns as a true freshman, both were Big East freshman records... Ended his career on a high note, running for 242 yards and four touchdowns in his final regular season game against Cincinnati... Known as a hard worker, was only offered two FBS scholarships out of high school, plays like he has something to prove... Has a nose for the end zone, ran for 30 touchdowns in only two seasons.
Negatives: More quick than fast, doesn't have elite speed considering his small stature... Very small, is generously listed at 195 pounds... Most of his yards between the tackles comes from his vision/patience, doesn't pack a punch and can get engulfed by larger defenders... Poor pass blocker, doesn't commit enough effort in this area, and takes poor angles at defenders... Suffered a shoulder injury in 2010 which kept him out of one game... Limited upside due to his lack of size, may be relegated to a third down role... Fell off a bit as a sophomore, production was almost cut in half, his shoulder injury seemed to linger throughout most of the year... Lacks explosiveness in his game, only had one run over 30 yards in 2010, can get chased from behind... Was held back a year in high school... Does not have experience returning kicks or punts... Would have benefitted staying in college another year to add bulk and improve off of his sophomore numbers.
(January 27) --
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