2015 NFL DRAFT
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Keenan Lewis

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 195 | College: Oregon State
 
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Overview

After two seasons of battling injuries, Lewis had a healthy senior campaign, establishing himself as one of the most physical cornerbacks in the West. His work ethic and team-first attitude saw him perform at a level that has professional scouts feeling that he will quickly emerge as one of the National Football League's elite pass defenders.

Lewis not only excelled on the football field, but also received recognition for his success in the classroom, earning Academic All-Pac 10 Conference honors as a senior. That undoubtedly pleased his mother, Muriel, a teacher at Martin Behrman Elementary School.

Lewis, along with teammate Dennis Christopher, was recruited to Oregon State by former Beavers assistant and New Orleans native Charlie Camp. His family was displaced to Natchitoches for six months because of Hurricane Katrina. Their home sustained significant wind damage but fortunately did not flood in the storm, he said. Still, Lewis said he'd like nothing more than to be in a position to support his family one day.

"I definitely want to help my mom out," he said. "That would be a dream. But to have an opportunity to play for any team and just make it (in the NFL), that's what I'm trying to accomplish right now."

And while he loved his days at Oregon State, Lewis said he hopes his professional playing career will prove less geographically challenging for his family and friends. "I definitely hope that one day I'll be able to come back and play for New Orleans," said Lewis, who interviewed with Saints scouts at the NFL Combine. "I hope they bring me home."

At O. Perry Walker High School, Lewis was rated as one of the top 100 cornerback prospects in the country by Rivals.com. The first-team All-Metro and All-League choice as a senior, he made 75 tackles with four sacks and seven interceptions. He also returned five punts for 180 yards and five kickoffs for 150 yards in 2003.

His best prep game was against L.B. Landry High, when he produced 12 tackles, intercepted a pass, forced two fumbles, recovered a fumble, and returned a punt 55 yards. The three-year starter registered 71 tackles with two interceptions as a junior and posted 54 tackles as a sophomore. He also graduated with academic honors, attaining a 3.27 grade point average.

"Keenan is one of those Cinderellas," said Terry Wilson, Lewis' former head coach at Walker High. "I always knew Keenan was going to be good at whatever he chose to do because he always worked hard. He's always had a strong work ethic. He was just a pleasure to coach."

Lewis decided to bypass numerous scholarship offers to enroll at Oregon State in 2004, stating that he selected the university because, "OSU is strong academically and it will allow me an opportunity to play football in the best conference." He redshirted his first season with the Beavers, but was named Freshman All-American and second-team All-Pac Ten Conference in 2005, starting all 11 games at left cornerback. He added Academic All-Pac 10 honors and posted 45 tackles (25 solos) with two stops for loss and 11 pass deflections.

The Exercise and Sport Science major was again named to the Academic All-Pac 10 squad as a sophomore. He started 13 of 14 games, manning the left cornerback position, as he broke up eight passes. He also collected 22 tackles (17 solos) with one sack and two stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Lewis saw his playing time decrease by midseason after taking a helmet to his knee vs. Arizona. He would start 11 games in 2007, but had problems running because of the injury, which forced him out of the lineup for two contests. He did intercept three passes, leading the team in that category, but he had just two pass breakups and a career-low 15 tackles (12 solos).

In 2008, he achieved Academic All-Pac 10 status for the fourth time in his career. The team's active leader for starts with 48, he returned to his freshman form, delivering 35 tackles (27 solos) and a stop for a loss. He also batted down nine passes while picking off four others, including one that he returned for a touchdown.

Analysis

Positives: Rare height for the position. … Aggressive at the line of scrimmage. … At his best in press coverage where he can get his long arms on the receiver and disrupt the timing of the passing game. … Good foot quickness to turn and run with the receiver. … Plants, drives and closes quickly. … Gets his hands on lot of passes. … Has the experience and intelligence to operate well in zone coverage. … Enjoyed a solid week of practice at the Senior Bowl.

Negatives: Questionable deep speed. … Lacks the soft hands for the interception. … Misjudges passes and allows too many to get into his chest. … Generally a reliable open-field tackler, but likes to duck his head and swipe, leading to some missed tackles. … Can get a bit grabby downfield, which will lead to pass interference calls at the next level. … Willing in run support, but was protected by a physical and experienced front seven, and prefers to stand around the pile, rather than throw his body into it.

Career Notes

Lewis was the team's active leader for starts with 48, appearing in 50 games at Oregon State … Recorded 117 tackles (81 solos), a 3-yard sack and five stops for losses totaling 20 yards … Caused one fumble and deflected 30 passes … Gained 72 yards on seven interceptions (10.29 avg) that included one touchdown.

2008 Season

Academic All-Pac 10 Conference first-team choice … Added All-Pac 10 honorable mention … Started all thirteen games at left cornerback, leading the team with four interceptions for 29 yards in returns, including a touchdown … Recorded 35 tackles (27 solos) with a stop for a 3-yard loss … Also deflected nine passes … Part of a unit that ranked second in the Pac 10 in total defense (312.15 ypg, 23rd nationally) and third in pass defense (180.92 ypg, 22nd in the country).

2008 Game Analysis

Stanford … Lewis finished with four tackles (3 solos) in the Beavers' 36-28 loss to Stanford, a game in which the OSU defense yielded just 91 passing yards to the Cardinal … Early in the first quarter, Lewis tackled Stanford's Toby Gerhart after the tailback picked up just 1 yard to the OSU 32-yard line … Early in the second quarter, on 3rd-&-4 from the OSU 15-yard line, Lewis limited Stanford tight end Coby Fleener to 3 yards on a pass reception from quarterback Tavi Pritchard, setting up a fourth-down play … With 4:24 remaining in the second quarter, Lewis was penalized 15 yards for pass interference when he attempted to break up a pass from Pritchard to wide receiver Doug Baldwin, giving Stanford a first down at the Cardinal 41-yard line. Later in the drive, on 3rd-&-5 from the Stanford 46-yard line, Pritchard connected with receiver Ryan Whalen, who picked up 8 yards before being tackled by Lewis … Midway through the fourth quarter, on 3rd-&-1 from the Stanford 37-yard line, Pritchard rushed for 4 yards and a first down before being wrapped up by Lewis.

Penn State … Lewis posted two solo tackles and three pass break-ups in Oregon State's disheartening 45-14 road loss to Penn State … Midway through the first quarter, on 3rd-&-3 from the OSU 48-yard line, Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark broke off a 24-yard run to the Beavers' 24-yard line, where he was finally brought down by Lewis … Early in the second stanza, Lewis broke up a pass from receiver Derrick Williams to flanker Jordan Norwood deep in OSU territory … Later in the second quarter, Clark, throwing from the Penn State 30-yard line, had his pass to Derrick Williams batted away by Lewis … Midway through the fourth quarter, on 3rd-&-6 from Penn State 31-yard line, Lewis swatted away a pass from quarterback Pat Devlin to wideout Derek Moye, forcing the Nittany Lions to punt on fourth down.

Hawaii … The Oregon State cornerback contributed one solo tackle and one interception to the Beavers' decisive 45-7 victory over Hawaii in Corvallis … With 4:08 remaining in the first half, Lewis picked off a pass from Hawaii quarterback Tyler Graunke, returning the interception 3 yards to the OSU 45-yardl line.

Southern California … Lewis posted three solo tackles in Oregon State's stunning 27-21 upset victory over top-ranked Southern California … At the 9:20 mark in the first quarter, Lewis limited USC tailback Joe McKnight to 1 yard on a rushing attempt.

Utah … Lewis recorded three tackles (2 solos) in the Beavers' disappointing 31-28 loss to No. 15 Utah, a game that OSU had in hand until the final 90 seconds of the game, when the Utes put together an 11-point rally for the win … Lewis posted one red-zone tackle, limiting Utah wide receiver Bradon Godfrey to 3 yards on a reception from quarterback Brian Johnson.

Washington State … Lewis finished Oregon State's decisive 66-13 victory over Washington State with two tackles (1 solo), as the OSU defense limited the Cougars to 132 yards of offense, including just 79 yards through the air … Early in the second quarter, Lewis and a teammate stopped WSU tailback Chantz Staden after a 2-yard rush to the OSU 45-yard line.

Washington … The Oregon State cornerback contributed two tackles (1 solo) and one interception to the Beavers' 34-13 win over PAC-10 opponent Washington … At the end of the first quarter, on 3rd-&-19 from the Washington 24-yard line, Lewis picked off Huskie quarterback Ronnie Fouch near midfield … A few minutes before halftime, Lewis tackled Huskie tailback Terrance Dailey for a 1-yard loss at the OSU 22-yard line.

Arizona State … Lewis made three tackles (2 solos) and broke up two tackles in the Beavers' narrow 27-25 victory over the Sun Devils in front of the home crowd … With less than a minute remaining in the first quarter, on 3rd-&-8 from the OSU 10-yard line, Lewis broke up a pass from ASU quarterback Rudy Carpenter to wide receiver Chris McGaha, forcing the Sun Devils to settle for a 27-yard field goal … At the 8:07 mark in the third quarter, Carpenter completed a 31-yard pass to McGaha, who was tackled by Lewis at the OSU 33-yard line … With 4:40 remaining in the game, Lewis broke up his second Carpenter-to-McGaha pass of the day.

UCLA … Keenan Lewis posted four solo tackles and one pass break-up in Oregon State's decisive 34-6 victory over the UCLA Bruins … During the Bruins' first drive of the game, on 3rd-&-9 from the UCLA 35-yard line, Lewis broke up a pass from quarterback Kevin Craft to wide receiver Taylor Embree, forcing the Bruins to punt on fourth down … Early in the second quarter, on 3rd-&-4 from the UCLA 45-yard line, Lewis limited Craft to 1 yard on a rushing attempt, forcing the Bruins to punt the ball away … With 2:40 remaining in the first half, Craft, standing in his own end zone, completed a 25-yard pass to Embree, who was brought down by Lewis at the UCLA 26-yard line … Midway through the third quarter, on 3rd-&-11 from the UCLA 48-yard line, Lewis was flagged for a personal foul, giving the Bruins 15 yards and a first down.

California … Lewis recorded one pass break-up and returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown to help seal Oregon State's 34-21 victory over California … With 0:31 remaining in the game, Lewis intercepted a pass from Cal quarterback Kevin Riley, returning the pick 25 yards for a touchdown and a 34-21 OSU lead … On the game's final play, on 3rd-&-8 from the Cal 42-yard line, Lewis broke up a pass from Riley to wide receiver Nyan Boateng.

Arizona … Lewis posted five solo tackles in Oregon State's 19-17 victory over Arizona, a game that wasn't decided until Beaver kicker Justin Kahut nailed a 24-yard field as time expired … Early in the second quarter, on 3rd-&-7 from the OSU 17-yard line, Lewis limited Arizona wide receiver Mike Thomas to 6 yards on a pass reception from quarterback Willie Tuitama, forcing the Wildcats to go for it on fourth down … Near the end of the second quarter, on 3rd-&-12 from the Arizona 28-yard line, Lewis tackled Wildcat tailback Keola Antolin after a 5-yard pass reception from Willie Tuitama, forcing the Wildcats to punt on fourth down.

Oregon … The Oregon State cornerback made two tackles (1 solo) and broke up one pass in the Beavers' disappointing 65-38 loss to intrastate-rival Oregon in Corvallis, a defeat that ruined OSU's hopes of going to the Rose Bowl … During Oregon's first offensive series of the game, on 3rd-&-7 from the Ducks' 19-yard line, Lewis broke up a pass from quarterback Jeremiah Masoli to wide receiver Terence Scott, forcing Oregon to punt the ball away … Later in the first quarter, on 3rd-&-6 from the OSU 16-yard line, Lewis and a teammate tackled Masoli for a 5-yard loss on a rushing attempt, forcing Oregon to settle for a 38-yard field goal … Early in the second quarter, Masoli broke off a 20-yard run to the OSU 47-yard line, where he was stopped by Lewis.

Pittsburgh (Sun Bowl) … Lewis finished off his Oregon State career in grand fashion, recording four tackles (3 solos), one pass break-up, and one interception in the Beavers' 3-0 shutout victory over No. 20 Pittsburgh in the Sun Bowl, the lowest-scoring major bowl game in 50 years … On Pitt's first drive of the game, Lewis intercepted Panther quarterback Bill Stull along the sideline, the fourth pick of the season for the cornerback, marking a new career high and the most by a OSU defender in 2008 … Midway through the first quarter, Pitt's LaRod Stephens broke off a 29-yard run up the middle to the Panthers' 41-yard line, where the tailback was wrapped up by Lewis … In the second quarter, on 3rd-&-6 from the Pitt 45-yard line, the Panthers' Bill Stull completed an 11-yard pass to wide receiver Cedric McGee for a first down at the OSU 44-yard line, where Lewis made the tackle … In the third stanza, on 3rd-&-5 from the Pitt 25-yard line, Lewis broke up a pass from Stull to McGee, forcing the Panthers to punt on fourth down.

2007 Season

Academic All-Pac 10 Conference selection for the third consecutive year … Started eleven games at left cornerback, coming off the bench vs. Stanford and missing the California contest after an opponent's helmet crashed into his knee during the second half of the Arizona game … Also left the season opener vs. Utah due to leg cramps … Still managed to lead the team with three interceptions for 43 yards in returns, but was limited to a career-low fifteen tackles (12 solos) … Also deflected two passes.

2007 Game Analysis

Had one tackle in each of the Cincinnati and Southern California games … Came up with a 16-yard interception return and a pass deflection vs. Idaho State … Delivered four tackles and picked off a Rudy Carpenter pass that he returned 27 yards to set up a touchdown drive in the Arizona State clash … Added two stops in each of the UCLA and Oregon contests … Had picked off a pass before suffering his knee injury in a 31-16 defeat of Arizona.

2006 Season

Earned first-team Academic All-Pac 10 Conference accolades … Started thirteen games at left cornerback … Collected 22 tackles (17 solos) that included a 3-yard sack and two stops behind the line of scrimmage … Finished second on the team with eight pass deflections.

2006 Game Analysis

Registered four tackles (3 solos) with a 3-yard sack and deflected a pass vs. Boise State … Had a solo tackle and a pair of pass break-ups vs. Washington State … Posted four tackles (2 solos) and broke up a third-down pass attempt in a 33-31 upset victory over Southern California … Registered a season-high eight tackles (5 solos), including one behind the line of scrimmage and deflected one pass in a 30-28 decision over Oregon.

2005 Season

Freshman All-American third-team selection by College Football News, earning the first of four Academic All-Pac 10 Conference honors … Took over left cornerback duties, as he started eleven games … Recorded 45 tackles (25 solos) with two stops for minus 13 yards and a forced fumble … Led the Beavers with a career-high eleven pass deflections.

2005 Game Analysis

Made his collegiate debut with three solo tackles and a stop for a 7-yard loss vs. Portland State … Followed with four tackles and three pass deflections vs. Boise State … Posted five hits (4 solos) and a pass break-up in the Arizona State clash … Forced a fumble and had a career-high ten tackles (5 solos) along with three deflected passes vs. Washington

State, followed by four solo hits vs. California … Credited with seven tackles (3 solos), including one that stopped tailback Chris Markey for a 6-yard loss vs. UCLA … Closed out the season with four assisted tackles vs. Oregon

2004 Season

Redshirted as a freshman … Named co-Defensive Scout Team MVP.

Injury Report

2007: Left the season opener vs. Utah (8/30) with leg cramps … Suffered a grade two knee sprain when an opponent's helmet hit his knee in the second quarter vs. Arizona (10/06), missing the next game vs. California (10/13).

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.49 in the 40-yard dash … 1.53 10-yard dash … 2.59 20-yard dash … 4.40 20-yard shuttle … 6.89 three-cone drill … 38.5-inch vertical jump … 10'10" broad jump.

Combine: 4.47 in the 40-yard dash … 1.53 10-yard dash … 2.58 20-yard dash … 33.5-inch vertical jump … 10'3" broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times … 32 3/4-inch arm length … 9 3/4-inch hands.

High School

Attended O. Perry Walker (New Orleans, La.) High School, playing football for head coach Terry Wilson … Rated as one of the top 100 cornerback prospects in the country by Rivals.com … First-team All-Metro and All-League choice as a senior … Made 75 tackles with four sacks and seven interceptions, as he also returned five punts for 180 yards and five kickoffs for 150 yards in 2003 … His best prep game was against L.B. Landry High, when he produced 12 tackles, intercepted a pass, forced two fumbles, recovered a fumble and returned a punt 55 yards … The three-year starter registered 71 tackles with two interceptions as a junior and posted 54 tackles as a sophomore … Graduated with academic honors, attaining a 3.27 grade point average … O. Perry Walker High teammates Burnell Wallace and Dennis Christopher are teammates of his at Oregon State, and Craig Davis and Dominique Cooper were student-athletes at Louisiana State.

Personal

Exercise and Sport Science major … Four-time Academic All-Pac 10 Conference choice … Son of Muriel Lewis … Born 5/17/86 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

 
Latest News
04/28/2009 - A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 3/96 -- Keenan Lewis, CB, 6-1, 205, Oregon State...Steelers coaches compared him to Ike Taylor. They love size. They were thin at the position with the loss of starter Bryant McFadden in free agency. The Steelers hope to use him in bump-and-run coverage. He was a high school teammate of their previous pick, Mike Wallace.

04/15/2009 - Perfect fit: Keenan Lewis, CB, Seahawks: The Seahawks are tired of watching their smallish corners struggling downfield against taller receivers such as Larry Fitzgerald. Lewis has safety size and 4.5 speed, which makes him a solid early third-round pick. Utah's Sean Smith could be a similar pick in the second round. - Chad Reuter, The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

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