Bowling Green receiver Roger Lewis announced he is forgoing his senior season at Bowling Green and will enter the NFL Draft in April. Lewis made the announcement on Twitter earlier today.
— Roger Lewis (@OttoLewis_) January 11, 2016
After Bowling Green head coach Dino Babers accepted the job at Syracuse it was rumored that Lewis would be leaving for the NFL.
Lewis was the second leading receiver in the country with 1,544 yards and 16 TDs. Benefiting from the high octane Bowling Green offense Lewis averaged just over 110 yards a game. The former Falcon was All-MAC and was voted third team All-American. Lewis had three games with over 200 yard receiving last season against Maryland, Memphis and Buffalo.
The Falcons receiver made two catches against Kent State in October that you had to see to believe.
The knock on Lewis is, of course, he played in the MAC. It’s easy to put up big games in a lesser conference. Against Tennessee in Bowling Green’s first game Lewis was shut down only catching two passes. The Vols have legit corners in Cam Sutton and Todd Kelly Jr. Between the two of them it made Lewis’ day pretty long.
Lewis originally committed to Ohio State out of high school but some concerns over academics and a run in with the law is why he ended up at Bowling Green. At 6’2 and tons of athletic ability Lewis is a guy who will likely get drafted late. His past will raise some red flags but you can’t discount his production at Bowling Green. Lewis has been compared to guys like DeAndre Hopkins of the Texans who make some great catches every Sunday despite being covered.
Teams that want to upgrade their receiving corps later in the draft will have Lewis on their draft board. The Browns is a team that might be ideal for him. Having gone to school just a few hours away Lewis is the kind of guy the Dog Pound would love. He’s scrappy and is a playmaker. That’s something has been lacking in Cleveland. Travis Benjamin emerged as a deep threat and if you have Lewis in the slot whoever is the QB next year would have an easier road than Josh McCown or Johnny Manziel did in 2015.
Detroit is another potential landing place for Lewis. With Megatron talking about retiring Lewis could get picked up late in the draft and groomed to be the third or fourth receiver for the Lions. With Golden Tate locked in as the #2 receiver he would become the top target for Matthew Stafford if Calvin Johnson decides to walk away.
Lewis has a ton of talent. But he also has things working against him too. It will be interesting to see how things shake out in April at the 2016 NFL Draft.