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?
Bench: 21 reps
Broad Jump: 9’9”
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
2016 SEC Community Service Team
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).
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.