Functional Athleticism - He isn't overly fluid and doesn't provide a lot of range as a blocker. LBs will scrape over the top of his climbs without a lot of issue. That said, he's able to slide laterally and occupy space to prevent free access to the backfield versus blitzers. Modest pulling upside but largely for inside gaps, not on the edges.
Football IQ - JUCO transfer with two years of starting experience in the SEC. He's typically pretty sharp to get back inside as a help defender when faced with ghost pressure and he'll pick up stunts and pass off exchanges seamlessly. He's still got some fundamentals to iron out to aid his effectiveness.
Anchor Ability - Derrick Brown gave him fits in one on ones but most other comers struggled to give him issues with setting his base and dropping the hips. He's prone to giving up his chest but even still he's got a ton of mass below the waist and helps him to absorb body blows with effectiveness.
Hand Technique - Hands are often late and wide. Needs to sure up his punch timing and placement to prevent powerful, long-armed defenders from stacking him up and negating his natural power when looking to uproot off the LOS. His grip strength and secondary effort is admirable to rework himself into a good fit.
Balance - You've got to be a special athlete to get him off kilter — but if you're able to do it he will have some issues getting himself reattached to the ground. Many reps where he simply swallows your best shot and isn't phased, especially against free runners that build up momentum by twisting or blitzing inside.
Pass Sets - Like what he gives you here out of his set. He's not super fluid and quick footed defenders can take advantage of his size and late hands to flash across his face for counters but he's dense and takes up a lot of room. If he's leveraged into a teammate, he's pretty difficult to collapse or duck underneath and gain penetration.
Flexibility - He's got a little extra to him that you wouldn't expect. He's not dynamic by any means but he's got a wide base and good hinges to keep himself coiled in his stance, which provides good mobility through first few steps to hit his landmarks and set up/ frame his blocks.
Power at POA - If he's doubling your or drive blocking you straight off the ball, he's going to take you for a ride. He's pretty potent here and if you try to bump bellies with him you better have some length and explosion to your hands. Was pretty consistently the guy offense would run behind when they needed a tough yard.
Length/Extension - He's got plenty of anatomical reach but he's not always consistent with maximizing his punch range because he's too wide with his hands and doesn't get the most out of it. He'll need to get ironed out here because the best of the best had success stacking him up on tape and NFL won't be as forgiving with lapses.
Competitive Toughness - Appreciate his effort — he's not super mobile but he busted his tail on the chances he had to leg it out and get down field. His functional strength and natural power are assets to him that he does well to lean into and use as the identifying qualities of his play style.
Best Trait - Functional Strength
Worst Trait - Mobility
Best Film - Georgia (2019)
Worst Film - Auburn (2019)
Red Flags - None
Summary - Damien Lewis projects as a scheme specific starter at the pro level. Lewis doesn't have a lot of dynamic range and won't be appealing to zone heavy rushing offenses and even in gap/power schemes he has some limitations that will temper his upside in the lineup. Lewis has enough foot speed, recovery ability and power to execute at an operational level as a starter and he's at his best when he's able to combo or block down in the run game. Tight quarters guard.