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Raiders rookie scouting report: Minicamp standout LaTroy Lewis looks to outdo underwhelming college career

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An alum of Reggie McKenzie’s alma mater, the Tennessee linebacker signed a three-year contract with the Raiders last week.

A four-star recruit coming out of high school, LaTroy Lewis definitely looks the part of an NFL pass-rusher (6’3”, 254) though he hasn’t performed like one. The UDFA got an invite to rookie mini-camp, where he performed well enough to earn a spot on the offseason roster.

Working in his favor is his ability to play a position some folks refer to as ‘linebacker’. Apparently the Raiders could use some help there?

Measurables

Height: 6-3

Weight: 254

40: 4.85

Bench: 21 reps

Vertical: 32

Broad Jump: 9’9”

3-Cone: 7.48

Stats (Tennessee)

2016 — 11 gms, 4 starts, 36 tackles, 4.0 TFL, 2.5 sacks

2015 — 13 gms, 5 starts, 29 tackles, 2.0 TFL 1.0 sack, 1 FF

2014 — 13 gms, 1 start, 8 tackles, 5.0 TFL, 1.0 sack, 1 FF

2013 — 6 gms, 0 starts, 4 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 0 sacks

Awards

2016 SEC Community Service Team

Strengths

The greatest strength in Lewis’ game is his versatility — starting as an OLB, DE and DT. In fact, his start at DT against Kentucky was one of the best games of his career: 7 tackles, 1.0 sack, 1.0 TFL and 1 FF.

He was named to the SEC Community Service Team (yes, apparently this is a real thing) due to his service as a mentor for young boys — which is inspired by his own upbringing in inner-city Akron (see video below).

Weaknesses

Of the 43 games he played in at Tennessee, only 10 of them were starts — which helps explain the poor production.

What he brings to the Raiders

Another body at a position in need of depth and special teams. It will be interesting to see if the Raiders try and bulk Lewis up a bit in hopes of developing him as a pass-rushing lineman, or if they keep him as-is and hope he can develop into a standout special teamer.