2017 NFL Draft

Isaiah Lewis, SS

School: Michigan State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 211 lbs.
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05/13/2014 - Bengals CFA class: Isaiah Lewis, S, Michigan State 5-10 211: Played on same side with Bengals No. 1 pick CB Darqueze Dennard at CB for nation's top defense...Known for his explosive tackling and willingness to hit...Had 10 tackles in Big 10 championship game win over Ohio State...58 tackles and two interceptions...Good ball skills on a fundamentally sound college defense...Polished...Hometown is Indianapolis, Ind. - Geoff Hobson, Bengals.com

12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State, Defensive Back...A three-year starting starter at strong safety, Lewis ranks tied for second on the team and 14th in the Big Ten with nine passes defended. He also ranks second on the team with seven pass break-ups and seventh with 41 tackles in 11 games, including 10 starts.

On Senior Day against Minnesota, Lewis registered six tackles, including a pass break-up, as the Spartans wrapped up their first perfect 8-0 season in the Big Ten. He recorded two tackles, forced a fumble and broke up a pass at Nebraska on Nov. 16, and tallied four stops, including a half sack, to go along with a pass break-up in the win over No. 23 Michigan on Nov. 3. The Indianapolis, Ind., native picked off passes against Purdue and Illinois, and totaled a season-high seven tackles against South Florida on Sept. 7. - Michigan State football

12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): Isaiah Lewis,...Lewis has 210 tackles and 25 passes defended (eight interceptions, 17 pass break-ups) in 51 career games, including 38 starts. He was a second-team All-Big Ten pick by the coaches and media as a sophomore in 2011 and a honorable mention choice by the coaches and media last season. - Michigan State football

11/23/2013 - Michigan State safety Isaiah Lewis has been ejected from Saturday's game against Northwestern for a targeting penalty. Lewis was flagged after drilling the Wildcats' Kain Colter as he tried to catch a short pass from Trevor Siemian early in the first quarter, jarring the ball loose. Colter, the Wildcats' quarterback, was split out wide. Colter stayed down for a moments and walked off clutching his midsection. The 13th-ranked Spartans are trying to lock up the Big Ten Legends Division and earn their second trip to the conference championship game in three seasons. - AP Sports

08/14/2013 - TOP MICHIGAN STATE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. S Isaiah Lewis (5-10, 210, 4.54)...Lewis is a 28-game starter, two-time All-Big Ten honoree (2011 second-team, and 2012 honorable mention) and Thorpe Award watchlist member who has already gained the attention of NFL scouts as one of the premier safety prospects in the 2014 draft class. He returns after a junior campaign that saw him emerge as the second-leading tackler (80) on a unit that held opponents to an average of only 16.3 points per game - good enough for best in the conference and 10th in the nation in total defense - and his career totals of 169 tackles, six interceptions and 10 pass break-ups make him one of the Big Ten's better safeties, statistically.

At 5-10 and 210 pounds, Lewis posseses a compact, well-proportioned muscular frame with long arms and ideal thickness. His explosive first step and strong natural burst enable him to fly up into the box from multiple spots in the defensive backfield and make plays against the run, and his lateral agility and rapid stop-start ability allow him to protect either side of the field from the deep middle. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com

08/14/2013 - TOP MICHIGAN STATE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. S Isaiah Lewis (5-10, 210, 4.54)...In coverage, Lewis exhibits quick, fluid hips in transition when asked to go vertical from a backpedal, and he both locates and tracks the ball in the air very naturally. On more than one occasion, he has demonstrated coordination and soft hands by plucking the ball off his frame, and has proven himself to be dangerous with the rock in hand, having amassed 158 career interception return yards (10th best in MSU history) including two touchdowns.

As for areas of improvement, Lewis is susceptible to play-action and will be caught freezing in zone at times as he has a tendency to lock onto the quarterback and abandon a zone or gap, leaving him out of position. He'll also occasionally take an overly-aggressive angle against the run leaving him too shallow to cut off the play, and as a tackler will throw himself at his target rather than wrap up.

Entering his third year as the team's starting strong safety, Lewis could emerge as one of the nation's top three prospects at the position for the upcoming draft, if he's able to demonstrate better overall control and improved zone instincts. He has already exhibited the athleticism, explosiveness and natural ball skills of a future NFL safety, so some of the missing intangibles could be the final puzzle piece to him securing a spot among this year's elite at the position. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com

07/17/2013 - 2013 JIM THORPE AWARD WATCH LIST: S Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State...This marks the first national award watch list appearance for Lewis. The three-year letterwinner has spent the past two seasons as the starting strong safety and has 169 tackles and 16 passes defended (six interceptions, 10 pass break-ups) in 40 career games, including 28 starts (27 consecutive). His 158 interception return yards rank 10th most in MSU history.

Lewis was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection (coaches and media) last season after ranking second on the team and tied for 30th in the Big Ten with a career-high 80 tackles. He also had eight passes defended (two interceptions, six pass break-ups) and led team with six tackles on special teams, all on kick return coverage. - Michigan State football


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