Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Chiefs' picks: Round 5/136 -- Kendrick Lewis, S, 6-0, 198, Mississippi, Began his college career as a wide receiver with McCluster at Ole Miss before being moved to safety, Lewis was very active in the back of the defense. - by The Sports Xchange
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KENDRICK LEWIS Free Safety Mississippi Rebels #1 5:11.0-195-4.59 New Orleans, LA O. Perry Walker High School
A former wide receiver who caught five passes for the Rebels in 2006, Lewis moved to safety as a sophomore and quickly moved into the lineup, starting seven games (six at free safety, one at strong). He totaled 57 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack.
As the Rebels' starting free safety the rest of his career, he emerged as arguably the team's most consistent defender. As he did in 2008, Lewis led the team in interceptions (two in 2009, four in 2008) and tackles (84, 85) as well as emerging as the team leader in solo stops (57), forced fumbles (three) and blocked kicks (two) as a senior.
Like his former teammate, Jamarca Sanford, some teams will be scared off by Lewis' lack of prototypical size. Sanford, the 231st pick of last year's draft, emerged as a key contributor as a rookie, playing in 14 games and starting one. Teams shouldn't wait as long on Lewis, who should be ready to make an impact in the NFL.
Read & React: Better in this area than you'd expect, considering his relative lack of experience. Good awareness for coverage. Reads the quarterback and has a burst to close on the ball. Aggressively supports the running game, but is a disciplined defender not easily fooled by play-action and misdirection. Better functional than timed speed. Has the range to get to the sideline from the hash.
Man Coverage: High, choppy backpedal and is too tight in the hips to handle dropping down and covering NFL receivers out of the slot, as he loses a step in his transition. Does have good functional speed to accelerate and generates a nice closing burst on the ball. Competitive. Fights for the ball.
Zone Coverage: Sound zone defender that keeps on eye on underneath routes and maintains his discipline in his deep responsibilities. Reads the quarterback's eyes and gets an early break on the ball. Closes quickly, taking good angles and is a reliable, wrap-up tackler with some pop.
Closing/Recovery: Good key-and-diagnose skills to get an early jump on the ball and shows good foot quickness and balance to plant and drive on the ball in front of him. Lacks the size scouts prefer at free safety, but is a good leaper and times his jumps well. Competes for jump balls against taller athletes. Quick hands and good hand-eye coordination to sneak his hands into the receiver's chest and pull the ball out. Has good, not great speed for deep coverage. Lacks elite speed and does not appear to have an extra gear to recover.
Run Support: Disciplined defender -- isn't easily fooled by play-action, but closes quickly once he sees the play is a run. Good vision and functional speed to slice through the trash and close to make plays near the line of scrimmage. Avoids blockers with good lateral agility and balance. Good team defender. Willing to take out the legs of the oncoming blocker to allow his teammates the tackle opportunity. Takes good angles in pursuit.
Tackling: Reliable open-field tackler; provides a solid last line of defense. Closes quickly and is a much more physical hitter than his size would indicate. Brings his hips and tackles through the ballcarrier to hit emphatically. Willing to take on a bigger ballcarrier with no hesitation. Willing to jump into the pile to clean up for the assisted tackle. Plays to and through the whistle on occasion and was penalized in 2009 for late hits.
Intangibles: Loves the game. Respected by fans, teammates and coaches for his passion and dedication to the Ole Miss program. Voted a team captain in 2009.
Became the sixth Rebel all-time to lead the team in tackles in consecutive years ... Earned three letters on defense and one on offense, as he played wide receiver as a freshman.
Named All-SEC second team by Rivals and third team by Phil Steele ... Started all 13 games at free safety ... Ranked 10th in the SEC in passes defended (0.92 pg) and 20th in tackles 6.5 pg) ... Lead the team in tackles (84), solo stops (57), forced fumbles (3) and blocked kicks (2) ... Tied for the team lead in interceptions (2) and was second in pass break-ups (10) ... Posted two double-digit tackle performances and two more games with nine stops ... Helped the Rebels rank 11th in the NCAA in pass efficiency defense (101.5 eff.), 15th in pass defense (174.4 ypg) and 21st in total defense (314.7 ypg) ... Team Captain ... Earned fourth letter ... at Memphis (9/6): Recorded nine total tackles, five solo ... vs. Southeastern La. (9/19): Posted five tackles (four solo) and one forced fumble ... at South Carolina (9/24): Led the team with eight tackles and tied a career-high with six solo stops ... Also broke up two passes ... at Vanderbilt (10/3): Totaled two tackles (one solo) ... vs. Alabama (10/10): Posted seven tackles (four solo) and two passes defended ... vs. UAB (10/17): Totaled three stops (one solo) ... vs. Arkansas (10/24): Posted six stops (three solo) ... at Auburn (10/31): Collected seven tackles (four solo), 1.0 TFL, 1.0 QB sack and also forced a fumble ... vs. Northern Arizona (11/7): Posted a career-high ten tackles including seven solo ... Also blocked a FG attempt ... vs. Tennessee (11/14): Tied a career-high with 10 tackles (seven solo) ... Also broke up two passes and blocked a FG attempt ... vs. LSU (11/21): Posted four solo tackles and 1.0 TFL ... at Mississippi State (11/28): Recorded nine tackles (eight solo) including 2.0 TFLs... Cotton Bowl vs. Oklahoma State (1/2): Recorded a career-high two interceptions, and was the first Rebel since the 2007 season opener with two picks ... Finished with four tackles, two interceptions, a pass break-up and a forced fumble ... Preseason: Earned preseason All-SEC fourth team status from Phil Steele ... Spring: Was one of three finalists for the 2009 Chucky Mullins Courage Award.
Started all 13 games at free safety Led the team and ranked 14th in the SEC in tackles with 85 Also topped squad in interceptions (4) and tied for team lead in pass break-ups (6) Also notched 2.5 TFLs, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery Earned third letter vs. Memphis (8/30): Picked off first career pass in start and returned it 33 yards Finished with seven total tackles at Wake Forest (9/6): Collected team-high nine tackles in start vs. Samford (9/13): Recorded five stops and 0.5 TFLs in start vs. Vanderbilt (9/20): Tied career-high with nine total tackles and five solo at Florida (9/27): Finished with a career-high six solo tackles and tied career-high with nine total stops Also recovered a fumble vs. South Carolina (10/4): Totaled six tackles (three solo) in the start at Alabama (10/18): Picked off his third pass of the season Also posted six tackles (three solo) at Arkansas (10/25): Posted a team-high eight tackles (six solo) Also recorded 1.0 TFL and a pass break-up vs. Auburn (11/1): Recorded his third interception of the season Also collected seven total tackles, including five solo stops vs. ULM (11/15): Finished with four tackles (one solo) at LSU (11/22): Picked off fourth pass of the season and recorded a team-high eight tackles (six solo) Also posted 1.0 QB sack and 1.0 TFL Caught a 33-yard pass from Jason Cook on a fake punt for a first down vs. Mississippi State (11/28): Had one pass break-up Cotton Bowl vs. Texas Tech (1/2): Topped the team with seven total tackles and five solos Spring: Finished the spring No. 2 at free safety behind Johnny Brown Notched one solo tackle in the Red-Blue Game.
In first season on defense, played in all 12 games with seven starts -- six at free safety and one at strong safety ... Finished with 57 total tackles, including 33 solos, 2.5 TFLs and a sack ... Also posted two pass break-ups and two QB hurries ... Earned second letter ... at Memphis (9/1): Credited with eight total tackles, including five solos ... Recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a TD ... vs. Missouri (9/8): Registered nine total tackles with five solos and a QB hurry ... at Vanderbilt (9/15): Posted seven tackles, including five solos and a TFL ... vs. Florida (9/22): Amassed six tackles, with three solos ... at Georgia (9/29): Notched three solos with a sack ... vs. Louisiana Tech (10/6): Posted five stops with a pair of solos ... vs. Alabama (10/13): Collected seven tackles, including five solos in only start at SS ... vs. Arkansas (10/20): Posted six tackles, including four solos and 0.5 TFLs ... at Auburn (10/27): Credited with one solo tackle ... vs. Northwestern State (11/3): Totaled two stops and a pass defended ... vs. LSU (11/17): Credited with one tackle... at Mississippi State (11/23): Notched two tackles and a QB pressure ... Spring: Moved from wide receiver to the starting free safety spot ... Posted three total tackles in the Red-Blue spring game ...
Appeared in six games ... Finished the season with five receptions for 31 yards ... Earned his first letter ... at Missouri (9/9): Caught first pass of career ... at Kentucky (9/16): One catch for eight yards ... vs. Wake Forest (9/23): Career-high two catches for 22 yards ... at Alabama (10/14): One catch for five yards ...
Played at O. Perry Walker High School in New Orleans before moving to Gainesville, Ga. ... Rated the No. 35 WR in the nation by Scout.com ... Earned first team All-State honors from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and honorable mention from the Georgia Sports Writers Association ... Named the District 9-AAAAA Player of the Year as a junior ... Rated No. 58 on the Mobile Register Super Southeast 120 list ... Made the AJC Super Southern 100 team ... Rated the No. 12 player in Louisiana by Scout.com and No. 22 player in Georgia by SuperPrep ... Rated 46th-best player in Georgia by Rivals.com ... Named to the SuperPrep All-Dixie team ... Selected to participate in the GACA All-Star Game ... Made 41 catches for 740 yards and nine TDs as a senior ... Accounted for over 2,260 yards and 34 TDs passing, receiving and rushing as a junior ... Helped Gainesville to an 11-2 record and advanced to the third round of the state playoffs ... Coached at Gainesville by Bruce Miller and at O. Perry Walker by Terry Wilson ... Earned three letters in football during high school career ...
Son of Clarrissa Lewis and Bennie Paul ... Guardian is Sheldon Jude Briscoe ... Full name is Kendrick Lewis ... Born: June 16, 1988 ... Majoring in Real Estate.
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03/07/17 - S Kendrick Lewis' contract was terminated by the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday. Lewis was entering the final season of a three-year, $5.4 million deal.
Lewis made 15 starts in 2015 for the Ravens but played in just six games (all as a reserve) last season. He suffered a hamstring injury in practice and placed on injured reserve on Oct. 22.
Lewis also has played for the Kansas City Chiefs (2010-13) and Houston Texans (2014) during his seven NFL campaigns. He has nine interceptions (returning two for touchdowns) in 90 career games (81 starts).
10/22/16 - S Kendrick Lewis (thigh) was placed on the Ravens' injured reserve list. He aggravated a hamstring injury in practice this week.
10/21/16 - S Kendrick Lewis (thigh) is doubtful for Sunday's game. He has six tackles through six games.
11/01/15 - S Kendrick Lewis was back in the lineup after missing the Monday night game against Arizona. He was injured Week 6 against San Francisco in the third quarter and could not return Lewis was later diagnosed with a "bone bruise." He had three tackles against San Diego.
10/28/15 - S Kendrick Lewis (knee) was able to practice Wednesday after missing the Monday night game against Arizona. He was knocked out of the previous game against San Francisco in the third quarter and could not return Lewis was later diagnosed with a bone bruise. The Ravens have battled injuries in the secondary throughout the season.