First Step Explosiveness - He's got a pretty sudden coil and when he's shooting up field he'll challenge OTs early into reps. His long strides are paired with good power to drive out of his stance and against heavier footed OTs he'll have the chance to take the edge with speed — something he didn't do often on film at the college level.
Hand Technique/Length - Two gap and stacking skills are pretty solid but he really wins with his length. He's got great extension and disruptiveness in his wingspan to put off bodies and bench himself clear of traffic. Sudden disengage to transition into pursuit of the football — should excel in setting the edge.
Pass Rush Counters - Work in progress here. Too many reps are taken with head up angles and his counters are too slow to kick into action. Flashed an inside spin but his bread and butter is am arm over/chop move to slip the first punch and gain ground at first contact. Gives up on the corner too easily and loses leverage.
Flexibility - High hipped and lean frame but he's got more slipperiness and fluidity than you'd expect. He's definitely got some tilt to his frame and torso is able to rotate open and get skinny through the chest and shoulders as a presses up the field or ducks/dips into an interior gap on stunts. Surprising mobility through the frame.
Run Defending - Handled a few too many times against blocking TEs to ignore but he's also had reps where he's really effective to press, extend and lock out before locating the football. Would like to see a bit more effort on the back side of run plays to work into the action as a rally defender, too.
Competitive Toughness - Has loafed behind outside runs going the other way — a minor gripe but something to note. His functional strength is pretty solid and his reps losing the POA tend to come more from poor placement or eager eyes to peek and lose his run fit. Needs more power rushes in his toolbox.
Tackling - Tackle radius is notable and gives him a big influence as a tackler while still engaged with blockers or when looking to keep the edge when isolated in space. His wingspan is notable and if he's closing down from the edge he's nearly impossible to get outside of unless he's late to step down and fill into the mesh point.
Lateral Mobility - Fairly effective here. He moves well for his size and his base is a lot more dynamic than you'd expect so he can drive on an outside angle with a bit of juice and work into the play. His shallow slips inside on stunts are effective and fluid, he's not clunky looking to dip the inside shoulder and run through gaps.
Stand Up Ability - Even though he brings athletic ability to the position, there's not a lot of instinct here that should warrant reps, at least early on. He's got some developmental upside in zone drops but by and large he's not going to be effective manning up on TEs or sinking to hook/curl any time soon.
Football IQ - Understandably raw given lack of starts due to injury. He's got ample potential but needs to build out his pass rush counters to provide more versatility and more quickness in recruiting them based on pass sets. Doesn't show a great deal of feel for navigating the pocket or crowded messes to find the ball, either.
Best Trait - Length
Worst Trait - Durability
Best Film - Tennessee (2019)
Worst Film - Auburn (2019)
Red Flags - 2017 elbow INJ, 2018 ACL INJ
Player Summary - Terrell Lewis is an enticing ball of clay that NFL defensive coordinators will be eager to get their hands on. Injuries have bogged down Lewis' development and kept him off the field but his blend of first step quickness, length and flashes of penetration provide promise of what can be with more development and reps. Lewis will be a somewhat high risk investment given his injury history and raw skills — best off working into reps slowly while his hand usage and counters are developed.