Dion Lewis 'likely' headed to NFL

CINCINNATI OH - DECEMBER 04: Dion Lewis #28 of the Pittsburgh Panthers runs with the ball during the Big East Conference game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium on December 4 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio. Pittsburgh won 28-10. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Sources tell the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Panthers redshirt sophomore running back Dion Lewis is "likely" headed to the NFL Draft.

This is something of a puzzling move. Lewis was told he'd be a third-round pick, but that might be a stretch. He doesn't have the best speed and is only listed at 5-foot-8 and 195 pounds.

He didn't live up to expectations this season after rushing for 1,799 yards in 2009. In 2010, he ran for 956 yards and 12 touchdowns in 11 games. He closed the regular season strong, rushing for 261 yards and four touchdowns against Cincinnati on Dec. 4.

Pittsburgh plays Kentucky Saturday at noon in the BBVA Compass Bowl.

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