The Baltimore Ravens need some help rushing the passer off the edge and Alabama’s Terrell Lewis looks to be a good fit with the team.
Terrell Lewis is an outside edge rusher for the Alabama Crimson Tide and possesses all the physical tools you could ever want at the position. Lewis is a mammoth of a man and can continue to become bigger and stronger. The upside for this kid is through the roof.
Unfortunately for Lewis, he’s been banged up for the majority of his college career. Lewis didn’t play any of his freshman season (2016) with the Crimson Tide before missing all but four games between 2017 and 2018. The injuries are alarming and are the biggest red flags when it comes to evaluating Lewis.
Nonetheless, there’s a lot of good to work with here and Lewis is incredibly exciting to develop.
Notable stats for Terrell Lewis (full stats here) 2016-2019:
- 14 games played in four years
- Seven total sacks in 14 games
- 11.5 TFLs in 2019 (10 games played)
Absolutely massive human being at 6’5″ 262-lbs.
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Great big ball of clay that can be shaped into a top-flight edge rusher
Can play in multiple fronts and rush from different places either with a hand in the dirt or standing up
Has the length to keep his chest clean and work through offensive tackles
Ferocious first step and heavy hands to match
Overall abilities are tantalizingly good and will excited defensive coordinators
Has experience in pass coverage as a primary edge rusher
- Major injury concerns; played just four games in 2017 with an elbow injury and suffered a torn ACL in 2018
- Very small frame of work with just two partial seasons under his belt
- Underdeveloped player due to missing so much time
- Doesn’t have many pass-rushing moves or counters
- Major boom-or-bust prospect
Fit with the Ravens:
In Baltimore, Terrell Lewis could be developed in year one behind role players like Tyus Bowser and Jaylon Ferguson. Lewis would still be used, as neither Bowser nor Ferguson are elite-level players, but the Ravens could ease Lewis into his NFL career this way. Lewis’s ceiling is also much higher than either of them. He does need time to come into his massive body and develop pass-rushing moves, however.
Baltimore’s defense is a perfect fit for Lewis. The team’s 3-4 scheme gives Lewis the chance to lineup wide and use his explosive first step to the best of his abilities. Lewis will only continue to grow into his body and eventually develop a pass-rushing skillset to dominate opposing offensive linemen. If Lewis can mature into the player that he has the potential to be, Baltimore has itself a dominant pass rusher.
Terrell Lewis can still contribute right away, but expectations would need to be on the lower side. The Baltimore Ravens are a great fit for Lewis for a multitude of reasons (I mean just look at his name) and shouldn’t be gunshy about adding him with one of its second-round picks.