Travis Lewis, NFL Draft 2012: NFL-Ready Senior Finally Heads To Draft

DALLAS - FILE: Linebacker Travis Lewis #28 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates a 28-20 win against the Texas Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl on October 2, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. It was announced on August 9, 2011 that Travis Lewis of the Oklahoma Sooners broke his foot during practice and will be out up to eight weeks. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Oklahoma Sooners LB Travis Lewis has been NFL-ready for some time now and he's showing up in a lot of 2012 NFL Draft mock drafts.

Oklahoma Sooners LB Travis Lewis has been NFL-ready for some time now and he's showing up in a lot of 2012 NFL Draft mock drafts.

Many have expected Lewis to enter the NFL Draft after a sensational first two seasons at Oklahoma. Instead, he's opted to play all four years for the Sooners. Leading up to his senior season, Lewis has 360 tackles, 47.5 tackles for loss, 6 sacks and 8 interceptions.

Lewis is a rangy linebacker and the leader of Oklahoma's defense. He may not have the best pass rush ability, but Lewis shows enough athleticism and agility to get better in that area. Covering the run, Lewis is NFL ready.

The downsides to Lewis include his fiery play, which sometimes gets him in trouble because he'll over-pursue. He's also not the biggest or strongest linebacker, which will limit him some taking on blocks and shedding and ultimately, he is a work in progress when asked to drop back in zone situations, better suited to run with receivers in man.

For more on Lewis, head over to Oklahoma blog Crimson And Cream Machine. Check out the 2012 NFL Draft overall rankings over at Mocking The Draft.

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