Posted by Chip Patterson
Pittsburgh running back Dion Lewis might be playing his final game as a Panther in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Saturday, according to a local report. Multiple sources have confirmed to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the sophomore will "likely" declare for the NFL Draft, leaving two seasons of eligibility on the table at Pitt.
Lewis, the 2009 Big East Offensive Player of the Year, saw a drastic decline in production from his freshman season - often having to split carries with fellow running back Ray Graham. According to the Post-Gazette, Lewis filed papers with the NFL earlier this season to get information on his draft status. He was told last week he would likely be a third round pick.
Unless there is a last-minute change of heart, Lewis is expected to make the announcement sometime next week. With Pittsburgh still searching for a coach (and a direction) it might be time for Lewis to make the jump while memories of that breakout 2009 season are still lingering in the mind of scouts.