With the 84th overall selection, the Los Angeles Rams selected Alabama linebacker Terrell Lewis, making him the 11th linebacker selected.
A sack machine that missed ten games in his sophomore season after an arm injury against FSU, Lewis also missed all of 2018 with a knee injury prior to the season.
Lewis’ injuries are definitely a red flag. In ten games for the Crimson Tide in 2019, Lewis ranked ninth in the SEC with six sacks and had 12 TFL.
At the Combine, Lewis only participated in two events, the broad jump (124 inches) and the vertical jump (37 inches). He only played 26 games at Alabama, with 11 of those games as a freshman before his injury problems occurred. These cost him ten games in 2017 and a full season in 2018.
Coming out of high school, Lewis was a five-star recruit. His best game was in the 2018 National Title game against Georgia. Against the Bulldogs, Lewis made six tackles and one TFL in the win.
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What the Analysts Say
The evaluation requires both projection and a small leap of faith due to durability concerns after he missed most of two full seasons. He needs to fill out his long, athletic build with more girth and muscle to help set stronger edges and hold his ground against downhill rushing attacks. He’s played in just 26 games, so he’s less technically sound than most Alabama defenders at this stage, but he was still productive and showed growth as a player in-season. With more coaching and development as a rusher, he should be able to pair traits with skill to become a future NFL starter, provided his health issues are in the past. – Lance Zierlein, NFL Network
Lewis’ injuries are a big reason he fell to the middle of the third round. If Lewis can find a way to get healthy and prove himself in training camp, he might be able to sneak onto the field in his first season. He will probably start on special teams if he gets on the field.