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2015 NFL DRAFT

Ronnell Lewis, OLB

School: Oklahoma  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Dewar, OK
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 253 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
6872-3
Latest News
04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Lions' picks: Round 4/125 - Ronnell Lewis, DE, 6-2, 253, Oklahoma...He may be too small to play defensive end and too slow to play outside linebacker, but the Lions believe he will wreak havoc on special teams. He's a fierce hitter who earned the nickname "Hammer" at Oklahoma. - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - Ronnell Lewis, the Lions' fourth-round pick, admits he wasn't much of a student during his time at Oklahoma. He was academically ineligible to compete in the Insight Bowl last season. But, as coach Jim Schwartz comically pointed out, "Fortunately, we don't have classes here. There are no academic-All Pro teams in the NFL." Book smarts and football smarts are two different things. "I was pretty smart (in college)," Schwartz said. "But I was a crappy football player." - The Sports Xchange

03/16/2012 - NFL Draft Scout Top Edge Players, OLB/DE: 10/57 *Ronnell Lewis, DE/OLB, Oklahoma, 6-2, 253, 2...Nicknamed "The Hammer" by teammates for the way he hits, but coaches could never find the right nail for this unusually gifted athlete. After he played only eight-man football in high school, Oklahoma coaches knew they had a gifted, raw talent but never figured out where to best use his abilities. He played most of the front seven positions like a wild animal chasing his last meal, especially when in pursuit of a quarterback. College coaches say he is a good kid, willing to learn, but he has maturity issues and struggled with class work. Lewis was suspended at the end of last season for academic reasons, and his coaches suggested he turn pro. He was listed as a defensive end at the combine and showed up almost 10 pounds over his college playing weight. Along with persistent back problems, Lewis had minor knee surgery in 2010 that put him out of two games and a neck injury in the 2011 Fiesta Bowl that caused him to lose feeling in his arms for a short time. But in a little more than two seasons, he totaled 118 tackles (67 solo), 20.5 for a loss, 10 sacks and two interceptions. He looked good at the combine with an unofficial 40-yard time of 4.68 seconds and 36 reps with 225 pounds on the bench press. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange/NFLDraftScout.com

03/14/2012 - Oklahoma Pro Day: Pass rusher Ronnell Lewis shaved two-tenths of a second off his 40-time, improving to 4.65, and stood on most of his numbers from the Combine. Linebacker Travis Lewis improved his 40-yard dash time from 4.85 at the NFL Combine to 4.75 on Wednesday, also adding very respectable numbers in the short shuttle (4.30) and 3-cone drill (7.23). - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/14/2012 - No one is doubting Ronnell Lewis' physical ability to make it in the NFL. It's just a matter of where the former Oklahoma standout best fits in, end or linebacker. At 6-2, 255, Lewis is at a size squarely between the two positions - but that's not an altogether bad thing, considering how many teams run a 3-4 scheme that values those "tweener" types as players to rush the quarterback. Dallas, Pittsburgh and others have expressed more than passing interest in Lewis. Lewis, playing end, proved he could wreck an offense's plans as a junior. He finished the 2011 season with 13 tackles for a loss, including 5 1/2 sacks. The more he has gone through the draft process, the February Combine and Wednesday's Pro Day at OU included, the more he sees himself as an outside linebacker prospect - not that he wouldn't be satisfied at end. "I tell them I can go either way, but I like standing up," Lewis said Wednesday. "I like seeing offenses, seeing into the backfield and stuff like that. But if I played with my hand on the ground, it really wouldn't matter." Lewis tested well enough at the Combine that he didn't do too many of the measurable workouts on Wednesday. He did run the 40-yard dash, taking his time from 4.68 to 4.65. Lewis also worked on pass coverage drills. - Travis Haney, News Oklahoma

03/13/2012 - Representatives from NFL franchises will be in Norman Wednesday morning for OU's annual Pro Day inside the Everest Training Center. SoonerSports.com will webcast the event live in addition to providing individual player highlights and photos. Aside from the physical testing, scouts put the players through several position drills. Below are the results from OU's Pro Day testing. If a player's results are not included in a specific drill's listing, this means they did not take part. Oklahoma ranks No. 4 in the nation in players selected for the NFL Draft. OU has supplied 350 players all-time. Forty-two of those players were taken in the first round including three overall No. 1 picks (Bradford, Sims, Selmon). With Sam Bradford No. 1, Gerald McCoy No. 3 and Trent Williams No. 4 in 2010, Oklahoma became the first school ever to supply three of the first four NFL Draft picks. - Oklahoma football

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 55. *Ronnell Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma, 6-2, 244, 2...Nicknamed "The Hammer" by teammates for the way he hits, but coaches could never find the right nail for this unusually gifted athlete. After playing only eight-man football in high school, Oklahoma coaches knew they had an unusually gifted, raw talent but never figured out where to best use his abilities. He played most of the front seven positions like a wild animal chasing his last meal, especially when in pursuit of a quarterback. College coaches say he is a good kid, willing to learn but he has maturity issues and struggled with class work. Lewis was suspended at the end of last season for academic reasons and his coaches suggested he turn pro. Along with persistent back problems, Lewis had minor knee surgery in 2010 that put him out of two games and a neck injury in the 2011 Fiesta Bowl that caused him to lose feeling in his arms for a short time. But in a little more than two seasons, he totaled 118 tackles (67 solo), 20.5 for a loss, 10 sacks and two interceptions. He is expected to further complicate evaluations by being a workout wonder at the Combine. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

12/30/2011 - DE Ronnell Lewis suffered an ankle injury against Iowa State and did not play against Oklahoma State. However, Bob Stoops said Lewis was medically cleared and suspended as a result of missing class. Most believe Lewis will declare for the NFL draft. If so, he may have no reason to return to class, leaving him unavailable for the bowl game. - The Sports Xchange

12/30/2011 - Scouting the Oklahoma run defense: The Sooners had been very good against the run most of the season. They gave up 241 ground yards to Missouri, but otherwise had allowed just 115.6 ground yards per outing. That was heading into the Bedlam game, in which Oklahoma State ran for 278 yards. Perhaps the Sooners' best defender, DE Frank Alexander, was playing through a shoulder injury and did not have a tackle. His coming back healthy could help the Sooners look more like their pre-Bedlam selves against the run. - The Sports Xchange

12/19/2011 - Junior defensive end Ronnell Lewis has likely played his last game in an Oklahoma uniform. Coach Bob Stoops said Monday that Lewis will miss the Dec. 30 Insight Bowl because of academic issues. Stoops also said he expects Lewis to declare for the NFL Draft. "I don't want to come out and speak for him, but we've talked and I feel it's in his best interest to go on to the NFL," Stoops said. "It hasn't been formalized yet, but we expect that to happen. And I'm all for it. He needs to do that. We're hopeful that will all go the right way." Lewis, a former 8-man football star at Dewar (Okla.) High School, flourished this season in his first as a full-time starter. He is second on the defense with 5.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss. - Jake Trotter, SoonerNation

12/10/2011 - 2011 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma, Jr., has been selected All-Big 12 Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as voted on by the league's 10 head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own players. - Oklahoma football

11/07/2011 - WEEK 10 BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma, DE, Jr, Dewar, Okla. - Ronnell Lewis was dominant on the defensive side of the ball in No. 6 Oklahoma's win over Texas A&M. He had a team-high nine tackles, two tackles for loss (-8 yards), one pass break-up and one interception, which he returned 11 yards. The junior defensive end's interception set up the Sooners at the A&M 28, and the OU offense then drove in for the touchdown. Oklahoma led 41-10 after three quarters and won 41-25. - Big 12 football

09/01/2011 - Starting defensive end Ronnell Lewis has been cleared to play for top-ranked Oklahoma this season. Sooners coach Bob Stoops announced that Lewis was declared eligible Thursday after what he called a "difficult process." Lewis' eligibility has been a lingering question for Oklahoma leading into this season. The decision finally came two days before the season opener Saturday against Tulsa. Lewis missed several practices due to what Stoops termed family issues and one for a friend's funeral. A converted linebacker, Lewis started the last four games of last season at defensive end. He finished the season with 37 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables called the junior "the best defensive end that we have." - AP Sports

08/25/2011 - BREAKOUT STAR: Ronnell Lewis is No. 1 on the depth chart at one of two DE positions and, entering his junior year, he may have finally found a home. He has been a special-teams star each of the last two seasons and was on the depth chart at linebacker last season, but he rarely played because OU frequently went with Tony Jefferson as an extra defensive back (Jefferson is atop the depth chart at SLB going into this season). From tiny Dewar, where he played eight-man high school football, Lewis is considered an athletic freak with a real "wow" factor. Facing his own eligibility issues, he overcame them during the summer session and now appears ready to finally take the field as an everyday player. Sooner fans can't wait. - The Sports Xchange

08/19/2011 - Three days before fall classes begin, it's still uncertain whether junior defensive end Ronnell Lewis will be eligible this football season. Lewis needed to improve his academics this summer, but it's unknown whether he met requirements. Lewis did not participate in Thursday's scrimmage. "He just has some personal matters he's tending to, which we're in support of," Stoops said. "Once those are taken care of, we'll see." --The Oklahoman

08/09/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 CONFERENCE TEAM (MEDIA): DL Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma, Jr, has been selected to the 2011 Preseason All-Big 12 Football team in voting conducted by media representatives who cover the Conference. - Big 12 football

05/26/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: DE Ronnell Lewis - Two years ago he was a terror nobody could miss in kick coverage. Last season he was No. 1 on the depth chart at SLB for most of the season, only the Sooners played their nickel package most of the time, leaving him out of the mix. Moved to defensive end late in the season, he was reportedly coming along and did make some plays in limited opportunities. Everybody's always believed in his potential. It could be a breakout season. - The Sports Xchange

 
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04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Lions' picks: Round 4/125 - Ronnell Lewis, DE, 6-2, 253, Oklahoma...He may be too small to play defensive end and too slow to play outside linebacker, but the Lions believe he will wreak havoc on special teams. He's a fierce hitter who earned the nickname "Hammer" at Oklahoma. - The Sports Xchange

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