At 6’1″ and 209 pounds, Lewis has good size and strength for the position. Though not a top level athlete, he displays good short area quickness, plus leaping ability, and sure hands. He’s a smooth fluid mover, with build-up speed, who can run the full vertical tree, and also work the underneath routes. He’s not spectacular in any one area, but has a complete game. After playing at East Carolina, and with the depth at the receiver position in this draft, Lewis is definitely under the radar, but he’s a solid mid to late round pick, who can come in and contribute immediately, and eventually assume the role of solid number two receiver. Has a game that’s reminicent of Donald Driver.
Lewis is a solid route runner, who’s precise in and out of breaks, employing subtle head and shoulder fakes to aid in gaining separation from defensive backs. Can work through contact downfield, and catches well in traffic. Natural hands catcher. Has above average leaping ability, and can out-compete the defender at the high point. Does an admirable job using his body to shield opponnts from the ball. Post catch, is a strong north/south runner, who turns upfield immediately, and can run through arm tackles. Physical blocker both at the line of scrimmage and further downfield. Legitimate red zone threat, who produced eight touchdowns in only nine games in 2011.
Not an elite athlete – lacks burst and the straighline speed to get behind the defensive consistently. Doesn’t flash explosiveness coming out of breaks – as a result he struggles to shake defenders, and typically ends up making receptions with opponents either in close proximity or hanging all over him. After the reception, he isn’t elusive in the open field, and run after catch yards are minimized. Comes into the draft with some durability concerns, after playing only nine games in 2011, before nagging injuries ended his season.