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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Lance Louis

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 303 | College: San Diego State
 
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Overview

One of the top 10 tight end recruits in the country when he came to San Diego, Louis grew into a late-round pick after one season starting at right tackle for the Aztecs.

After starting at the end of his sophomore year at tight end, Louis missed the 2006 season with injury, then played as a reserve at guard in 2007.

His combination of speed and strength impress teams despite his lack of experience on the line. Louis is a bit reminiscent of San Diego Chargers fullback/tight end Brandon Manumaleuna, so some teams may consider using him in a similar role because of his blocking and receiving skills.

Analysis

Positives: Excellent athleticism and straight-line speed for the position. Able to lead running backs into the second level and beyond when pulling across the line. Gives great effort blocking downfield, at times going 30-40 yards across the field to knock out defenders. Plays with a mean streak. Will hit two or three targets in space and will finish open-field blocks by putting his defender on the ground. Underrated strength at the point of attack, and is well-built in the upper body. Moves well laterally, extends his arms and has a solid punch to keep defenders at bay in pass protection. Good explosion from his stance, and stays low to move his man in goal-line situations.

Negatives: Inexperienced as an offensive lineman. Should move inside at the next level as he lacks prototypical height for a tackle. Has gained 35-40 pounds in a little more than a year, and must prove he can maintain 300-plus pounds on his frame. Could gain strength in his lower body if staying on the line. Needs work on his kick-slide and footwork consistency, as he will get beat when relying on his reach and pure athleticism. Overextends occasionally when trying to punch, ending up on the ground too often. Missed all of 2006 with a torn left ACL suffered in spring practice and did not play during the first month of his sophomore season due to injury.

Career Notes

Louis began his career as a tight end before switching to the offensive line following a 2006 knee injury. Started at right guard as a junior and at right tackle as a senior.

2008 Season

Started every game after making switch to right tackle.

2007 Season

Made his debut at right guard in the opener with Washington State … A reserve in eight of 12 outings.

2006 Season

Suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during the team's second scrimmage of spring drills in 2006 … Missed entire 2006 season, recovering from knee surgery.

2005 Season

Career high five catches for 93 yards, including a long of 44 yards, in the season finale at Hawaii … One catch for seven yards against Wyoming … Returned to action against TCU and CSU after missing four games due to injury … First career touchdown versus San Jose State, helping the Aztecs convert a fourth down from the two-yard line in the third quarter … Caught one pass for 11 yards against Air Force … Started against UCLA, making one catch for 18 yards.

2004 Season

Played in all 11 games for the Aztecs in his first year on campus … Did not catch a pass during the first half of the season, but had a reception in each of the last four games … Caught three passes in the win at Air Force … Longest reception was an 18-yard grab in the season finale vs. UNLV.

Injury Report

2006: Suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during the team's second scrimmage of spring drills in 2006. Underwent surgery and missed the entire season.

Agility Tests

Pro day (according to NFL.com): 4.76 and 4.80 seconds in 40-yard dash. … 4.71 short shuttle. … 8.03 three-cone drill. … 30-inch vertical. … 8'8" broad jump. … Bench pressed 225 pounds 30 times.

High School

Considered one of the top 10 tight end prospects in the country by Rivals.com … All-Southwest region honoree by SuperPrep as one of the top 40 (No. 32) players in talent-rich Louisiana … Caught 27 passes for more than 500 yards and seven touchdowns and credited with 63 tackles, including nine sacks on the defensive side … Basketball standout who helped Landry to the state semifinals as a senior.

Personal

Born April 24, 1985, in New Orleans, La. … Son of Janice Louis … Social science major.

 
Latest News
04/27/2009 - A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 7/246 -- Lance Louis, TE, 6-3, 303, San Diego State...Started 11 games at right tackle during his senior year, but his uncommon blend of size and speed (4.8 40) has the Bears planning to move him back to his original college position. The Louisiana native caught 14 passes for 195 yards and one TD in his two seasons before shifting to right guard in 2007. He then bumped out to right tackle during 2008 fall camp.

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